Economic Geologist

An economic geologist studies mineral deposits and the processes leading to their formation.

This information is extremely useful to mining companies as it helps them to locate and understand the nature of the resource they are mining.

Economic geologists apply geological principles to solve practical problems in the mining industry. Their training equips them to run the Geology department on a mine, and to organise a programme of prospecting in the field.


  • mining companies

  • government departments - Geological Survey, Water Affairs

  • museums

  • scientific bodies e.g. Chamber of Mines, CSIR ? civil engineering firms

  • universities of technology and universities

  • consulting companies

  • Council for Mineral Technology (MINTEK)

  • self-employment, as a consultant

Getting Started

  • collect and study rock samples and read about this field

  • make an appointment to speak to an economic geologist about this type of career


North-West University, Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, University of the Witwatersrand, Victoria University

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