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Volcanologists are scientists who study volcanos and monitor volcanic activity. They are usually geologists who have chosen to specialise in the area of volcanology.  The work of a volcanologist is varied, ranging from consulting with governments to teaching at university level. They also offer advice to emergency services about potential dangers or hazards such as when a volcano erupts (sends out steam, gases, ash and molten rock).

When people hear the word volcanologist they often imagine scientists dashing around taking samples on an erupting volcano, but a volcanologist’s day-to-day responsibilities are not usually as dangerous! The majority of their work is done in the lab, analysing samples and viewing records on volcanic activity. Rather than study volcanic activity on site when it occurs, they often use remote monitoring equipment.