Who Wants to be a Geologist!

What’s a blog on Geology without… a Geologists career profile!

Whether your taking Geology as your lab science or for your major it is always a good idea to keep your doors open when considering your plans post secondary education. So with out further a-due here is a broad overlook of Professional Geology.

Geologists work with and attempt to define the physical structure and composition of the Earth to identify the history of rocks, minerals and fossils as well as learn how they affect the Earth. Geologists study fossils of plants and animals to gain a better understanding of evolution. Geologists constantly conduct fieldwork at remote sites circling the globe, using technological equipment to study rocks and rock formations within the environment. Following which they analyze the geological data they collected and follow up with reports on their findings. Geologists may work in unstable weather conditions or locations, you ay need to get up close and personal with a steep mountain cliff or an active volcano in order to obtain or examine the specimens you are attempting to work with.

Lets talk dollars and cents right? Coming out of college you want to know that if not now, eventually you’ll be making bank. According to the bureau of Labor Statistics about 31,000 Geoscientists worked in the United States in 2006. Geoscientists, including Geologists, will see 22% more jobs by 2016 (Check it out at http://www.bls.gov). They expect this large increase in expected growth will be due to the need for research and analysis concerning energy efficiency, environmental protection and water management. Geologists will find more job opportunities within environmental, land, oil, gas and water industries, rather than with governmental agencies due to relatively recent budget cuts. Entry-level Geologists can look forward to earning an average salary in the range of $37,974 to $46,845. Also it’s reported that geologists with more than eight years of experience earned average salaries of $80,492 to $106,112 (See for yourself at http://www.salary.com.)

To become a Geologist, students first need a 4-year undergraduate degree, how long you have to stay in school depends on what you want to do and on what level of expertise. A Bachelor of Science in Geology or Bachelor of Science in Earth Science may get you an entry level position with a governmental agency or independent firm however, it is typical for employers to look for a high level of education. The next step for aspiring Geologists is to then pursue a graduate degree and earn a Master of Science in Geology, employers prefer geologists with master’s degrees. Geologists who wish to work in high-level research positions or teach geology in a university need a Ph.D. in Geology. In order to wear a white lab coat and diagnose children’s illnesses you have to become a doctor of medicine, which is an entirely different skill set then a Geologists’. A Geologist must possess excellent computer technology skills in order to analyze data, they need experience with digital mapping, remote sensing and satellite system locators. Believe it or not some states require Geologists to have a license if they offer services to the public, something to consider before franchising your pet rock accessory outlet.

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3 Responses to Who Wants to be a Geologist!

  1. Desiree says:

    Well written and articulated

  2. walmann says:

    Interesting, and very creative. A lot of interesting points about the geologist as a profession 🙂

  3. kevinhornik says:

    Hm thats wild. Very intriguing title. I sorta thought of who wants to be a millionaire and it drew my attention instantly. I never knew some states required a license to be a geologist. That must be a tough license test!

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