Professional geologists work for a wide range of government agencies, private firms, and non-profit and academic institutions. Local, state, and national governments hire geologists to help plan and evaluate excavations, construction sites, environmental remediation projects, and natural disaster preparedness, as well as to investigate natural resources. Petroleum and mining companies and large-scale land developers need geologists' skills to help them locate oil and minerals, adapt to local features such as karst deposits or the risk of earthquakes, and comply with environmental regulations. Geologists in academia usually hold an advanced degree in a specialized area within the discipline. See also: List of geologists
In the news
- Geologist draws first blood over iron ore claim
The West Australian, Australia -
A geologist has won an early victory in his legal battle for a key stake in the Mindy Mindy iron ore joint venture in the Pilbara between Consolidated Minerals ...
- Geologist wraps up sinkhole study in Frederick County
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD -
by The Associated Press. FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A geologist who spent four years traipsing in and around Frederick has mapped areas most likely to develop ...
- Fonterra appoints new independent director
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand -
... The appointment is for an initial term of three years. Fonterra said Mr Johnson was a geologist by training and has been a professional director since 1997. ...
- Md. Geologist Completes Sinkhole Study
Yahoo News -
- A geologist who spent ... Geologist David Brezinski's study is the first of its kind of the so-called karst topography that is more prone to forming sinkholes. ...
- Geologist identifies sinkhole-prone areas
Washington Times, DC -
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A geologist who spent four years traipsing in and around Frederick has mapped out areas most likely to develop sinkholes ...
A geologist is a contributor to the science of geology. Geologists study the physical structure and processes of the Earth. Their undergraduate training typically includes significant coursework in chemistry, physics, mathematics and possibly biology, in addition to classes offered through the geology department; volcanology, hydrology, and rock and mineral formation are among the many areas of study. Most geologists also need skills in GIS and other mapping techniques. Geology students may spend summers living and working under field conditions with faculty members. Geology courses are also highly valuable to students of geography, engineering, chemistry, urban planning, archaeology, environmental studies, and other fields.