I work as a geologist in a geoconstruction consulting and engineering design company. I mainly work in bedrock construction projects in their early design phase, which entails rock-quality studies with different kinds of research methods. Examples of these kinds of bedrock construction projects from the past years are different kinds of tunnels (metro, train and road tunnels), parking garages and technical spaces constructed in bedrock.
I also occasionally conduct studies related to construction aggregates, which aim to find out the suitability of the aggregates for different purposes (for example asphalt, structural layers of roads and concrete).
I usually work from 8-16, however the working hours are flexible. Working on weekends is rare, though that sometimes happens during hectic times. My typical day involves studying rock samples and reporting the research findings. These studies aim to evaluate rock quality before you start to mine underground spaces in bedrock. Research findings are also needed to evaluate strengthening needs after bedrock mining.
I also regularly document the rock samples and investigation areas by photographing with a systems camera. Construction aggregate studies that I occasionally do are mainly done with different laboratory exams and with a microscope.
I can mostly work very independently, and I have relatively few business trips. I am usually aware of my tasks and the workload for months in advance.
One of the worst parts is relatively big fluctuation of the workload. This often requires rigorous planning of work time, occasional compromises and overtime work.
Mastering MS Office Excel and Word more broadly than average can be useful. Other professional softwares can be learnt in the job.