Ask-a-Geologist Q&A Video #17: Can I Be a Geologist and How Do I Make My Dream Come True?

This week I am answering a question that I received from two readers, Alliondra and Alexandria. Their questions were so similar that I thought I would answer them together. They want to know:

Can I be a geologist some day and how can I make my dreams of becoming a geologist easier? In this video, I’ll tell you a little secret about how I came to be a geology major in college along with some tips on things you can do to prepare for college and your career.

Well girls, my answer to you is that if I can do it, you can do it too! I will tell you a secret though; I didn’t originally set out to be a geologist. When I went to college I thought that I would be a business major. My freshman year, I took a microeconomics class and a geology class as basic requirements and I hated my economics class and I loved my geology class. Those two classes determined my future.

Based on your emails, I cannot tell how old either of you are but if you are not in college yet, the best things you can do is to learn about different areas of geology. Because geologists can have many, many different types of jobs, you do not have to be an expert in every area to have a long and successful career. You might find that you love environmental geology and dislike petrology or you might love earthquake research or mineralogy and want to stay away from environmental assessments. That is one of the best things about this field is that you can choose your favorite area for your career.

If you are still in a school that has science fairs, I would encourage you choose a different geology topics each year and try to find out what you love the most. If you need ideas, you can always contact me here at Mini Me Geology and I will help you come up with ideas for a project.

If you are in college or heading to college soon, research the different schools where you have some interest and see what their geology departments are like. You will find that each school may have different strengths depending on their professors, research and even their location.

Remember that you can always contact me if you have more specific questions about a geology project or choosing a college program. I hope you girls will let me know how your studies are going and what type of geology you plan to pursue.

Remember to keep your questions coming in through the Dig Into Geology section on our website or email us at We are planning to shoot some Ask-a-Geologist videos on the beach in just a few week. So, send us your beach questions!  Also, please comment below and subscribe to our channel so that you get the next installment of ask a geologist. Until next time, rock on everybody.


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