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Geologist Career Information

Occupation statistics

7,700 geologists and geophysicists in Australia1

462 geologists and geophysicists in Victoria (6%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,6872

Average weekly hours 45.93

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

A geologist analysing soil in a laboratory 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible geologists. To be eligible to apply geologists must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Licensing and registration

Registration is compulsory only for geologists reporting on ore reserves or resources in the public domain. For more information on registration, please contact:

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM)

PO Box 660
Carlton South
VIC, 3053, AUS
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6100
Fax: +61 3 9662 3662
Email: Online enquiry form



Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about geologists in Victoria.

Finding a job

Geologists are employed by mining and petroleum companies, engineering firms, survey organisations and government departments. They may also work as industry analysts.

Geologists are employed across several industries including: Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in geologists, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 21 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 21 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 21 2012 from