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A Career Guide for the Geology Major


A major in Geology provides the basis for a wide variety of employment opportunities associated with studying the origin of the Earth and its fossil life forms; preserving and improving the environmental quality of our planet; and optimizing the development and consumption of its precious resources. Geology is essentially a field-based science. However, like other sciences, geology has come increasingly to rely on such modern tools as high-performance computing for field data reduction. Three broad areas of specialization for a geologist are 1) exploration: identifying water, mineral resources; 2) environmental: identifying/ evaluating potential natural hazards (landslides, floods) or monitoring environmental contamination sites; 3) engineering: locating/designing major infrastructure or sensitive construction sites, as in nuclear or waste disposal. As a geologist, one might teach, do research, or work in industry (mining, government or consulting).

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Issues (Water Management, Wetland Preservation, Coastal Development and Marine Science)
  • Resource Development
  • Teamwork
  • Love of the Outdoors (mapping, project investigation, construction supervision--dams, mines, well fields, harbors)
  • Problem Solving
  • Paleontology
  • Travel
Aptitudes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Sound Judgment/Ethical Conduct
  • Leadership Skills
  • Analytical Problem Solving
  • Good Written & Verbal Skills
  • Work Independently and In Groups
  • Creativity
  • Computer Literacy

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Geology or a Bachelor of Science in Geology are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. The study of Geology is through the Department of Geoscience and is part of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Bachelor of Science majors may pursue degrees in one of the following tracts: Traditional Geology; Environment Geoscience; and Marine Geosciences.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Geology graduates:

Archaeological Geologist
Teacher
Consultant
Geologist
Environmental Lawyer
Contractor
Environmental Geologist
Petrologist
Engineering Geologist
Marine Geologist
Mining Manager
Museum Curator/Director
Paleontologist
Geochemist
Researcher
Government Planner/Mapping
Regulatory Agent
Resource Manager

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
SE 234
561-297-3700

Department of Geosciences
PS 336
561-297-3250


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Freshman Academic Advising, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Department of Geosciences.
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