A seismologist studies earthquakes and vibrations in the Earth. Seismologists
use sophisticated tools such as seismographs, which measure the intensity
of an earthquake. They also use computers to help generate graphical models
of the vibrations of the Earth.
Seismologists work in a variety of environments. Some choose to work as
professors in universities or colleges. Others work in research, either in
an office or in the field. Additionally, some seismologists choose to work
in the petroleum industry, predicting the impact of oil drilling.
When working in research, a seismologist uses the data gathered by researchers
to hypothesize and verify how and where earthquakes start. Using statistical
analysis to extrapolate answers, seismologists can track data about earthquakes
through time and then use that information to help make predictions about
The average workday for a seismologist will depend on where they work.
For seismologists working at petroleum companies and at earthquake monitoring
centers, nights and weekends might be required. For seismologists working
in a lab or teaching in a college or university setting, the hours are more
likely to be similar to regular office hours.
Unless actively working in the field, a person with physical disabilities
can enjoy a full career in this field. The only limitations that might become
an issue are if the person wanted to visit earthquake sites or set monitoring