What does a Geologist need to know?

Every week I get great questions at our Ask-a-Geologist page asking about different aspects of geology.  This question, “What does a Geologist need to know?” was one of the more interesting questions lately.  The answer really depends on what type of geology you want to work with for your career.  Here are just a few ideas.

You may be surprised to learn of all of the different types of jobs that a geologist can have.  Geologists can work in many areas including:

Classic geology where you may work for the United States Geologist Survey or state agencies or private companies evaluate earthquakes or map areas to determine the types of rocks and formations.

Environmental geology where you may work for Federal or State agencies (like the US EPA) or private consulting firms and evaluate the quality of the soil and groundwater of an area.  If you find that the soil or groundwater quality is bad you may clean it up to make it safer for the people, animals and plants that live there.

Petroleum geology where you may work for an oil and gas company exploring oil and gas underground.

Teaching.  The United States is in need of great teachers who are trained in science at all age groups including elementary, middle and high school as well as college.

If you are interested in being a professional geologist get a basic geology degree and see what type of work you may be interested in doing.  Your general geology degree will be a great base for any of these jobs.  Later, you will figure out if you need more training at a graduate school or it you can learn everything else on the job. 

For more information on geology, please visit our website at www.MiniMeGeology.com

 

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