Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Geochemists are a type of scientists that study physical aspects of the Earth, especially its composition. Unlike other geoscientists, geochemists need a foundation in chemistry to understand elements of their studies. They use physical and organic chemistry to discover elements found in sources of water and earth. They focus on ground water resources to determine the minerals in wells or aquifers. They also determine the composition of rocks and sediment. A large part of their job is conducted outside collecting sample and surveying areas. They must also prepare reports of their findings for clients and other interested parties. They tend to work for private companies or individuals to help with construction or for planning and digging wells; however they can also work for government agencies for accessing ground water conditions.
Geographers at work: Geologist, Physical geographer, Environmental geographers
Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Physical Geography, Environmental Management, Introduction in Environmental Geography, Natural Resource Use and Management, Environmental Hazards, Water resources, Fluvial Processes, Groundwater Resources
Skills: Quantitative Methods, Environmental Mapping and modeling, Field Methods, Landscape and location analysis, GIS and remote sensing
Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science
Learn more about Geochemists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/geoscientists.htm