The variety of geophysical tasks lead to a wide range where a geophysicist can be employed. Many geophysicists work in companies or national institutions which are concerned with natural resource prospection. It includes the prospection of oil in place, soil, mineral reservoirs or gas hydrates. The task are done mostly in non-European countries.
Moreover, geophysicists are hired in research or academic institutions as well as by the government. While some geophysicists spend most of their time studying various features of the earth and its history, others concentrate on the observation of environmental hazards.
An other important and interesting work field for geophysicists is the engineering and environmental geophysics in small or midsize companies. Their tasks include the inspection for stability of buildings, dams and dikes, ground investigation and mining surveys.
Not only in these specific fields geophysicists are needed, but also adjacent areas like e.g. in data processing, measurement techniques, environmental protection, aerospace or material control.
It is expected by a geophysicist to work self-consistent while getting new tasks, solve organizational and logical problems in- and outbound also different, challenging conditions. Being creative and showing cultural empathy with the partners at the same time.