A magnetometer which measures the earth's total magnetic field is described. The detector or measuring element of the magnetometer contains three mutually perpendicular elements, two of which are utilized to orient the third, which in turn operates a recording device to record the total magnetic field. The detector elements are of the inductive type and do not require ferromagnetic material to give them the high sensitivity required in geophysical work.The presence of a magnetic field in the region of the detector causes alternating currents to be generated in the detector elements. These currents are amplified to actuate motors which control the orienting and neutralizing functions of the magnetometer. A tape recorder gives continuous field readings. The accuracy of the magnetic data taken is better than five gammas.