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In Volcanology, why does the salary vary depending on where you are?

I live in California and I was wondering was it because of cost of living or demand? And I was also wondering why in places where there is no volcanoes they have a high salary? #volcanology #volcanologist #salary #location #demand #cost-of-living


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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Jasmin,

While this may not be specific to volcanology, I find that salaries range based on demand and also cost of living. If you're looking for a job in San Francisco, the cost of living is significantly higher than say, Omaha, where the cost of living is lower.

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I found this on the internet: Volcanologists earn an average of $90,890 per year, with the highest 10% earning around $187,200 and the lowest 10% earning around $48,270. Most of these scientists work for different levels of government, universities, and private research institutes.
What Does a Volcanologist Do?
Volcanologists collect data about volcanic activity and then study these findings. Typically they will travel to a location where a dormant or active volcano resides to collect samples. They then examine this data in a laboratory, usually for one of three purposes: to understand why volcanoes behave, to understand how volcanoes work, and to predict future eruptions for the safety of local populations. Some will also study the geological history of a particular volcano. Depending on their place of employment, some Volcanologists may also teach private classes or the public about the importance of volcanoes.
Volcanologists require a bachelor's degree at minimum in geology, geophysics, or earth science. However, a bachelor's degree typically provides little specialized knowledge of volcanoes and will only allow someone to obtain an entry-level position in the field.
College/Universities programs in the USA: What colleges offer a degree in volcanology?
University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Students interested in volcanology can attend the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and participate in the Bachelor of Science in Geoscience degree program. The Department of Geology and Geophysics at UAF allows students in this program to specialize in geophysics.

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UC Berkley has geological science and earth science program
Hawaii is the closet place to us ( here in California) Job outlook below,
Job Outlook Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future.
The cost of living is a very good question. It all depends on where you plan to work as a Volcanologist and you life style
Good luck! Please focus on a major that you are interested in and have a passion. As a native Californian the cost of living is very high.

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