Earth Sciences is the study of the nature, composition and structure of the Earth including its atmosphere and hydrosphere.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the physical properties of the Earth’s crust and the characteristics of its soil, landforms, climate, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Courses in Earth Sciences develop skills in:
- analysing the structure, composition and evolution of the Earth, including its atmosphere and hydrosphere
- identifying and classifying crystals, rocks and minerals
- using geological instruments and field techniques for geological purposes
This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Soil Science
- Earth Sciences, n.e.c.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.