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Engineering because of the job prospects 
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Degree in Geology; any Demand? I was originally thinking of doing Civil Engineering because of the job prospects for the future, however, i don't think this is the right field for me since i don't have a passion for buildings. I decided to switch degrees to Geology. I plan on majoring in Geology with a minor in GIS, or Civil Engineering, and then going for Masters in Structural Geology and Sedimentology. Is their any demand for Geologists, or is it a waste of money to pursue this degree?


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zakeera wrote:
Degree in Geology; any Demand? I was originally thinking of doing Civil Engineering because of the job prospects for the future, however, i don't think this is the right field for me since i don't have a passion for buildings. I decided to switch degrees to Geology. I plan on majoring in Geology with a minor in GIS, or Civil Engineering, and then going for Masters in Structural Geology and Sedimentology. Is their any demand for Geologists, or is it a waste of money to pursue this degree?


Any demand? Yes : http://www.earthworks-jobs.com/ for example.

You might also want to look at engineering geology - all that civil engineering is not much use of the geology isn't going to cooperate in keeping your building/dam/road/bridge intact...

I'd say GIS is a good thing to do in conjunction with geology and a good counterpoint to geological mapping disciplines, especially if you'll get some grounding in geodesy, which a lot of the earth science courses miss out.

Waste of money? Depends what you do with it. The ultra-well paid geology jobs tend to come with a degree of discomfort and/or risk. The very well paid ones tend to be in the extractive industries (mining, hydrocarbons), although things like ground water are areas which will be a major concern in the future.

Structural geology and sedimentology overlap on the oil exploration industry when it comes to good money as a decent seismic interpreter needs to have a good handle on both, especially in complex areas.

Mind you - this is a forum devoted to Exploration and Production Geology - so we're all going to be a bit biased! ;)


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