School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences


The combination of maths, physics, computing and earth sciences provides a range of skills attractive to many employers.

Many work opportunities for geophysics graduates are in government organisations and research institutes, such as the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry for Economic Development, GNS Science, NIWA and ESR.

State-owned enterprises such as Meridian Energy, MetService and Solid Energy employ Victoria geophysics graduates, as well as companies with international operations, for example in oil and gas exploration, drilling services or environmental management.

Local city and regional councils employ geophysics graduates in areas such as emergency management, resource investigations and consents.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills are relevant for a range of organisations, including central and local government, regional councils, research organisations and consultancies.

Those who wish to pursue a professional career in geophysics will need to complete an Honours degree, Masters degree or Postgraduate Diploma in the subject. A career as a research scientist generally requires a PhD.