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1 Bite of Science: Geophysics xom URC Seismic CII06 January 2007

2 What do you want in your career? Would you like a career in science, with lots of challenge? Do you want to do work that is important to the world? Do you want to work in a fast-paced team environment? Do you want excitement, adventure and travel? Do you like technology and want to be at the leading edge of new advances in computer applications?

3 What are you good at doing? Are you good at math & science? Are you creative, a good communicator and a team player? Do you like working with computers? Do you like to solve problems? Are you well-organized and good at multi-tasking?

4 Seeing and sensing remotely beneath the surface of the Earth What is Geophysics?

5 The study of the composition of the Earth What is Geophysics? Earth Structure by USGS Tootsie Pop Earth Model

6 The study of plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes What is Geophysics?

7 What does a Geophysicist do? Explores for oil and gas around the world Slide Courtesy of ExxonMobil

8 Shoots seismic surveys What does a Geophysicist do?

9 Shoots seismic surveys What does a Geophysicist do?

10 Shoots seismic surveys using a Vibroseis truck What does a Geophysicist do? A Geophone records SEISMIC energy like a microphone records music

11 Shoots seismic surveys What does a Geophysicist do? Vibroseis trucks

12 “Juggie” planting geophones in Africa What does a Geophysicist do?

13 Process seismic data What does a Geophysicist do?

14 Interprets seismic data to find where oil & gas are trapped What does a Geophysicist do? Seal Rock Reservoir Rock Trap Water Gas Oil Generation (Cooking) Migration Source Rock

15 Uses computer technology to interpret seismic data What does a Geophysicist do?

16 Uses computer technology to interpret seismic data What does a Geophysicist do? Seismic Image of Ancient Reef in Alberta [400 million years old]

17 Uses computer technology to interpret seismic data What does a Geophysicist do?

18 Uses computer technology to interpret seismic data What does a Geophysicist do?

19 Uses high tech visualization to interpret seismic data What does a Geophysicist do?

20 Collects aeromagnetic and gravity data

21 Finds water in Malawi What does a Geophysicist do?

22 Surveys in the Arctic Islands as though on Mars What does a Geophysics student do?

23 Go on geology field trips What do Geology & Geophysics students do?

24 Go to geophysics field school What does a Geophysics student do?

25 Data management and support What does a Geoscience Technician do?

26 Who hires Geoscientists? Engineering Companies environmental studies The Petroleum Industry oil and gas exploration and production Mining Companies mineral resource exploration Universities teaching and research Governments regulatory agencies

27 Education requirements? M.Sc in geophysics, physics, mathematics, geology, earth science or computer science (Required to work for a major oil company) B.Sc in geophysics, physics, mathematics, geology, earth science or computer science

28 Career Opportunities Ph.D. degree: research geophysicist, professor M.Sc degree: geophysicist, geologist, engineer, seismic data processor B.Sc degree:geoscience technician seismic data processor seismic crew technologist High School diploma: seismic field crew worker data trader sales & marketing rep data manager

29 Workforce Trends Source: AGI Workforce Program, 2011

30 Attrition, Growth and Replacement in the next 10 years in the U.S. Bachelor’s: 30% Master’s: 43% Doctorate: 66% Bachelor’s: 30% Master’s: 43% Doctorate: 66% Geoscience Grads Continuing on to Geoscience Careers 262,627 geoscience jobs exist today ~130,000 retire ~130,000 geoscientists expected to retire 72,000 growth 72,000 geoscience job growth by 2021 (BLS) 15,000 new graduates 15,000 total new graduates (MS or PhD) 45,000 new graduates 45,000 total new graduates if hiring BS/BA OR Net deficit 150,000 Net deficit of over 150,000 geoscientists by 2021

31 Demographics

32 The Breakdown: Workforce Trends

33 How much does a Geoscientist earn per year? American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2011 Salary Survey

34 How does a Geophysicist’s salary compare with other professions? Geophysicist Dentist Geologist Engineer Lawyer Veterinarian Architect Accountant $ 140, , ,000 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 Mean salary (APEGGA 2006)

35 Acknowledgements Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors University of Calgary Veritas DGC TGS Paradigm Geophysical Komex International Fugro Airborne Surveys NASA APEGGA ExxonMobil American Geological Institute American Association of Petroleum Geologists Hess Corporation

36 Presented by Lisa Buckner Hess Corporation Seismic Data Loading Team Leader Senior Processing Geophysicist M.Sc Geophysics – University of Houston B.Sc Geophysics – Texas A&M University

37 Questions?


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