NAME: Rachel Bobich
CURRENT TITLE: Geologist | Hydrographer
AREA OF EXPERTISE:
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Mapping and Data Processing
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 8
Florida State University, Environmental Science
Florida Atlantic University, Geology
University of Washington, Marine Geology, M.S.
TWITTER NAME: @4TheCraterGood
What’s your job like?
If you have a desire to travel frequently, be in the field, and process and analyze your own data on the computer, this niche may be for you.
I’m grateful that I get to pursue a career that holds my passion for the ocean and unearthing information that we have yet to discover. It’s a great feeling when you realize you’re sitting in uncharted waters mapping this unique piece of earth that no one has had the opportunity to yet. As well as knowing that information can be used for good.
What’s a typical day like
Gathering necessary equipment (
Project in international waters:
Verifying that you have the correct certifications. On most jobs, BOSIET and OGUK certifications at
In some contracts, I will fulfill the role of the geologist or geophysicist, and in others, I am fully on the back-end processing data.
For me: The ability to be in the environment I favor the most (the ocean) and being challenged mentally and physically.
This area of work will definitely keep you on your toes and take you on adventures. It will also reward you with a robust skill set applicable to so many fields of work.
Remaining dynamic, to touch on that word again.
Between keeping up with the required certifications, to training and having competency with various equipment and programs, as well as remaining knowledgeable in both fields of geology and marine geology- it keeps you busy.
Finding this balance can be difficult, but also gives you a wide array of skills!
What’s your advice to students
Do what you love. Hard work is always required. Find a way to make it work.