STEM Career: Geochemist

Geochemists use chemistry to study rocks and minerals. They learn about their composition, structure, formation, and properties. They also learn how these elements move into soil and water systems. Geochemists use their knowledge of geology and chemistry to help those who explore natural resources, such as natural gas, oil, and specific minerals. An important role today is determining how to reduce pollutants and to improve water quality.

Tools of the Trade

Analytical instrumentation, X-ray fluorescence

Education Required

A bachelor’s degree in geochemistry, geology, math, or physics

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STEM Career: Geochemist

Geochemists use chemistry to study rocks and minerals. They learn about their composition, structure, formation, and properties. They also learn how these elements move into soil and water systems. Geochemists use their knowledge of geology and chemistry to help those who explore natural resources, such as natural gas, oil, and specific minerals. An important role today is determining how to reduce pollutants and to improve water quality.

Tools of the Trade

Analytical instrumentation, X-ray fluorescence

Education Required

A bachelor's degree in geochemistry, geology, math, or physics