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Seismologists are Earth scientists, specialized in geophysics, who study the genesis and the propagation of seismic waves in geological materials. These geological materials can range from a laboratory sample to the Earth as a whole, from its surface to its core. (What is a Seismologist?, Natural Resources Canada)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- What is a Seismologist? - Natural Resources Canada
- Seismologist Career Profile - ECO Canada
- What is a Seismologist? - American Geosciences Institute
- What is a Seismologist? - EnvironmentalScience.org
- Seismologist Career Profile - College Foundation of North Carolina
- Seismologist Career Profile - The Geological Society
Depending on their field of interest, seismologists can come from following the fields: geology, geophysics, physics or applied mathematics. A university undergraduate degree is necessary, and Masters studies or Doctoral work are significant assets for more advanced research. Though several Canadian universities offer degrees in Earth sciences (geology, geological engineering, geophysics), none offer programs dealing with the seismology of earthquakes. Specialization can be done at the Graduate level (Masters, Doctorate) after a first degree in the disciplines mentioned above (Natural Resources Canada).
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- Department of Earth Sciences - Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
- Department of Mathematics - Faculty of Science
- Department of Physics and Astronomy - Faculty of Science
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Salary Survey - Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba 2018 (includes anticipated openings)
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- The Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering
- Geological Association of Canada
- Geoscientists Canada
- Seismological Society of America
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Manitoba Chapter
- The Canadian Geotechnical Society
- The Canadian Geotechnical Society - Manitoba Chapter
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