Employees of the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) are involved in many ways in courses given at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), teaching bachelor's and Master's students studying Earth science. Supervising doctoral students is another important task, and the SED is usually supervising between 8 and 12 doctoral students at any one time. The output of these doctoral students plays a considerable role in boosting the SED's profile as a research centre.
The usual path to becoming a qualified seismologist involves taking a degree in earth sciences followed by a specialisation in geophysics and seismology. Graduates usually find employment in research or industry or with public authorities.