The study of the planet Earth--the materials of which it is made, the processes that act on these materials, the products formed, and the history of the planet and its life forms since its origin. Geology considers the physical forces that act on the Earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants as revealed by fossils. Clues on the origin of the planet are sought in a study of the Moon and other extraterrestrial bodies. The knowledge thus obtained is placed in the service of man--to aid in discovery of minerals and fuels of value in the Earth's crust, to identify geologically stable sites for major structures, and to provide foreknowledge of some of the dangers associated with the mobile forces of a dynamic Earth.

* Geology is a profession, with licensure required to practice in over half of the states.

 

 

 

 

 

Related Major Skills

 

Geographic Information Systems Establish hypothesis Utilize math formulas
Define research problems Measure distances Develop research models
Measure relationships Design equipment Summarize research
Perform calculations Mathematical modeling Observe data & things
Inform, explain, instruct Maintain records Evaluate ideas
Prepare technical reports Design simulations See relationships in factors
Draw meaningful conclusion Field sampling Identify materials/specimens
Develop research proposals Gather/analyze data Review scientific literature
Establish/control designs    

 

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Sample Career Titles

 

Aerial Photo Interpreter Geomorphologist National Park Service Oceanographer
Agricultural Engineer Geophysicist Paleocenaographer
Architect Geophysics Technician Paleoclimatologist
Astronomer Geo-Technical Engineer Paleontologist
Cartographer Glacial Geologist Park Naturalist
Computer Analyst Hydrologist Park Ranger
Consultant Industrial Hygienist Parks - Natural Resource Manager
Coop Extension Agent Instrumentation Technician Peace Corps Worker
Economic Geologist Laboratory Technician Petroleum Engineer
Environmental Consultant Landscape/Nursery Manager Petroleum Geologist
Environmental Geologist Marine Advisor Petrologist
Environmental Lawyer Materials Analyst Planetary Geologist
Forest Ranger Mathematician Pollution Control Specialist
Petroleum/Mining Manager Medical Doctor Pollution Remediator
Geochemist Meteorologist Project Manager
Geodynamacist Mineralogist Prospector
Geologist Mining Engineer Surveyor
Sales Engineer Soil Scientist Technical Writer
Scientific Photographer Soil Scientist, Agriculture Urban/Regional Planner
Sedimentologist Stratigrapher US Foreign Service Worker
Seismologist Structural Geologist Well Logging Specialist
Volcanologist Water Quality Control Technician Geophysical Exploration
Waste Management Water Remote Sensing Oceanographer Waste Disposal Specialist
Hydrogeologist

 

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Sample Work Settings

 

Water Management District State Geologic Surveys Intelligence Agencies (CIA, FBI and NSA)
Aerial Survey Firms Architectural Firms Colleges & Universities
Consulting Services Engineering Firms Environmental Consulting Firms
Land Developers Mapping Agencies Marketing/Distribution Companies
Real Estate & Development Corporations Resource Management Agencies State and Local Government
National Science Foundation Army Corps of Engineers Department of Agriculture
Forest Service Department of Defense Department of Health & Human Services
Department of Housing & Urban Development U.S. Geological Survey Department of State Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency National Aeronautics & Space Administration National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Petroleum Companies Planning Agencies  

 

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FAU Student Organizations

 

  • Geo Club

 

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Professional Associations

 

 

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Job and Internship Links

 

 

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Where to Learn More

 

General Occupational Information

 

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Career Planning Websites

 

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Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • Careers for Nature Lovers
  • Careers for Scientific Types
  • Conservation Directory
  • Geologists File
  • Geoscientists
  • Opportunities in Energy Careers
  • Opportunities in Environmental Careers
  • Opportunities in Social Science Careers
  • Physical Sciences Career Directory
  • Environmental Careers in the 21st Century

 

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Informational Sample Websites

 

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