You are better off knowing what your plans for career are before you get to the final stages of your degree.
Because there are many different
choices for careers, towards the end of your studies you better do the
courses that you are going to need in the future.
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work for oil, mining, engineering, water and environmental consulting
A smaller amount
of geologists work for government, or in universities and
All geologists use scientific
methods, do mathematical
reports and use computers.
So if you are planning to become one, be good at those subjects.
Geologist at work. By adibs via Flickr.com
The positions in mining and mining exploration, along with oil and gas
geologists make 99% of all geologist positions. Even the
engineering geologists' positions still have to do with some form of
mining, oil or gas industry.
This is a kind of boring field compared to research, but the money is
good. The work within mining
exploration is not quite as well paid as mines but it is
interesting as you are finding minerals that will hopefully be worth
mining. It is more rewarding and you are often working out in the bush
instead of on a dusty mining site. Mining
jobs themselves can be hard and involve long hours, but
you'll get paid accordingly.
You can get
employed as a
geologist by government
Government geologists do geological surveys which lead
to decisions about things like where to place a nuclear waste
disposals and other bigger decisions.
also do some reserach, you can be hired as a research geologist by research companies.
Research is always interesting and rewarding, however there are not
many of those jobs available.
As in many
other fields, there
are always university
lecturers' and school
teachers' positions within geology. University lecturers
often do 1/3 teaching, 1/3 administrative tasks, and 1/3
research. Research and university positions are some of the most sought
after geology careers.
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