Geology: Making the Earth Your Career
Do you wonder what makes rivers run; why we have mountain ranges and earthquakes; why the dinosaurs came and went; or where oil, diamonds, gold, and your well water come from? Are you curious about your surroundings and want to understand the big picture?
What could be more important than understanding the Earth, the planet we live on, the only home for humans for the foreseeable future? What profession could be more vital to our society than that which deals with the ultimate source of all resources and products that contribute to our livelihood and wealth? What could be more important to the future of our environment than an understanding of globally connected natural systems, from groundwater to volcanoes? What could be more interesting than learning where we came from and how our planet came to be as it is today (and where it is headed in the future)?
GEOLOGY is the study of the Earth and its inter-connected natural systems. It is not just studying “rocks.” It is how the planet functions on scales grand and small, today and over vast expanses of time, and how this functioning affects every moment and every aspect of life. We owe our existence to geological processes, and geology underpins our society. Well-trained professionals will always find numerous job and career opportunities in geology-related fields , because our society will always need tremendous quantities of raw materials which are extracted from the Earth, and because modern society will always place tremendous pressures on our environment.
Exciting breakthroughs in understanding the origins and workings of the Earth are being made at an ever-increasing rate. At the same time, the human enterprise has reached a critical stage where our activities have global consequences on a geologic scale. It is an exciting and important time to be an Earth Scientist. Opportunities abound! GEOLOGY is the discipline that encompasses all studies of Earth processes. It often involves travel, adventure, and discovery. A career in GEOLOGY can be as rewarding and satisfying as any imaginable.
Geology overlaps most other science disciplines. As a result, you can tailor your geoscience career to match your interests and talents.
Geologists play an important role in locating mineral, water, and fossil-fuel resources and planning how to get them out of the ground with minimal impact on the environment.
Geological studies are the key to identifying the extent of environmental damage at contaminated sites and planning clean-up strategies.
Geologists working for state and federal agencies provide important information that is used to plan new development and infrastructure and to find new mineral and water resources.
Geologists study hazards that affect our lives, including landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, and plan ways to minimize their impacts.
Geologists collect and share information that helps us to better understand the origin and evolution of the Earth, the other planets, and all living things.
Geologists teach in elementary, secondary, and post secondary positions and provide others with a clearer understanding about the natural sciences including astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and geology.
LHU Geoscience Graduates
Virtually all of our graduates who have sought careers either in various geoscience fields or teaching have been successful in finding rewarding employment. For some, it has taken some time, mainly because of their desire to remain in a certain restricted geographic setting. Others have decided to pursue graduate degrees before seeking employment. Below is a partial list of companies, agencies, schools, and graduate schools where our students have met with considerable success.
|COMPANIES and AGENCIES||
|Bellefonte Lime Company||Bath Central School District (NY)||Arizona State University|
|CMT Laboratories||Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (PA)||Bowling Green State University|
|Dames & Moore||Bradford Area School District (PA)||California University of PA|
|DelVal Soil & Environmental Consultants||Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (NC)||Idaho State University|
|Eckenfelder, Brown & Caldwell||Keystone Central School District (PA)||SUNY Brockport|
|Environmental Management & Design Group||University of Akron|
|Geologic Services Corporation||University of Maine|
|Grey and Pape Consultants||University of North Carolina|
|HRS Consultants||Wright State University|
|Marshall Miller & Associates|
|PA Dept. of Environmental Protection|
The American Geological Institute maintains a web site answering a variety of common questions about geology careers. To visit this site, click on this address: http://www.agiweb.org/career/faq.html
AGI Salary Report based on survey conducted by Abbott, Langer & Associates, Inc. http://www.abbott-langer.com
To visit the home pages of some working geologists who have followed various career paths, click on this address http://www.agiweb.org/career/profile.html
To look at future prospects and salary ranges for geoscientists, click on this address: http://www.agiweb.org/career/employ.html
For Other Career and Job Information
AGI American Geological Institute (http://www.agiweb.org/career/brochure/career97.html)
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