By Peyton McGaha
Do you like to travel around the world? How about making good money? Do you like the outdoors? Are you a detail-oriented team player with good communication, analytical, organization, and time management skills? If so, you may want to become a geologist!
Geologists have several different duties they perform for their jobs. They plan and conduct field work, in which they visit different locations and collect samples and conduct surveys. They then run tests on the samples they collect. They prepare scientific reports on their finding and presenting or publishing their findings to interested parties. They also examine topographical photographs, water well logs, rock samples, and other data to find natural resource deposits and figure their size. Making geological maps and charts is also another aspect of geologists’ job. Geologists also review research and reports done by other scientists.
The salary and the job prospects for a geologist are fairly good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage of a geologist is $90,890 per year, while the median starting wage is about $48,250 a year. The median wage of the top 10 percent is more than $187,000 annually. The pay for a geologist varies depending on the company, organization, or type of work they do.
The jobs outlook is relatively positive. Again, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 38,200 jobs as of 2012 and the agency is projecting there will be 44,200 jobs in 2022. That is a 16 percent increase, which is higher than the national average of 11 percent across other job categories.
There are a few different companies and organizations that employ geologists. Many geologists work for the federal government in the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, the NOAA, and Bureau of Land Management. Environmental groups along consulting, engineering, and law firms also hire geologist for various reasons. Universities, colleges, high schools, and middle schools have geologists as teachers and professors. Geologists use their surveying skills to conduct surveys for State and Federal geological surveys. They also work at petroleum and mining companies. The list of different organizations and companies that hire geologists is extensive.
Geologists have opportunities to travel all over the world for work. Going to volcanoes in exotic locations is just one of the many different places geologist visit. They also travel to mountain ranges to conduct research. Some geologist even get to be out at sea collecting data about the sea floor.
If you are looking for a field of study that will result multiple employment opportunities, competitive wages, and travel, you should consider geology. Work days are varied between research and field work. You can even teach others about the fascinating work of geologists. Geology rocks, literally!
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