Educational: To become a Geophysicist a degree in earth science, geophysics or geology is required. Those with a strong background in physics, mathematics or computer science can take a course in Geophysics. Geophysics can be studied at the masters and Ph.D. levels. IITs in India offer M.Sc/ M.Sc.-Ph.D Dual Degree programme. For M.Sc. program in geophysics candidates with minimum 50 per cent marks in B.Sc mathematics and physics as subjects are eligible. Positions in research require Masters degree.
Studies include a foundation in geology, geophysics, physics, mathematics and chemistry and geophysical fundamentals covering geophysical exploration, global studies, rock properties, and data acquisition methods.
Personal attributes: A geophysicist must have a strong science background, a curious mind, and a fascination for natural phenomena. They must have an analytical mind and good communication skills, both verbal and written as many geoscientists work in teams. Candidates must also have ability to solve problems and enjoy technical work. Geophysicist must be detail-oriented, organized, and methodical in their approach to researching and evaluating samples and other items in their field of study. As most of their work involves field work, they must be physically fit and have stamina.