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Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:28 am
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Post I have lots of questions..
Hi,

My name is Theo.

I am a full time student and am in my third year of studying geology. I am not a "young" person starting out. I had been in a trade for many years but life has put me in a position of learning to do something new and starting over.

I know this is probably off topic for this forum, however, I am interested in hydrology can not find many forums on the topic with the level of interest and activity that this forum has.

I am looking for input from professionals working in the industry to help me make informed decisions as to what type of senior research project would be beneficial to my course of study. Or if there were classes that I may want to consider to fill a "niche" or specialized area that is in demand, what should I expect after graduation?
Thank you, Theo.

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Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:15 pm

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Post Re: I have lots of questions..
Well Theo...

Although hydrology is not the main topic under discussion here, flow within aquifers is of course. Petroleum geology touches closely on Hydrology and we could definitely use your expertise here. Many reservoir engineers have a degree in hydrology and I guess there could be a future for you there. The petroleum industry might also have a place for you in exploration as hydrocarbon migration will also fall within your discipline.
However, with all the global warming talk and climate belts migrating over the planet the search for potable water, drainage, water works and irrigation might be a better way to go. There is sure to be a bright future in that as demand will most definitely grow. Furthermore I see a lot of attention going into geothermal energy and subsurface heat exchange systems. Hydrologists are much wanted in these sectors...

I my view on future trends helped you. But, more importantly I believe you should research what you find interesting, not what has the highest potential for landing that future job. What are the topics you enjoy?


Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:27 pm

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Post Re: I have lots of questions..
I have several interest, coastal geology,geomorphology, but I am fascinated with water. It has played a role in almost everything geologic, even the formation of oil and coal deposits, the salt deposits in the gulf, and coal cyclothems.

But I would like to do something in ground water, either monitoring and testing or even GIS and mapping aquifers. I have some GIS classes lined up for the fall and spring and I am hoping to use these to help me with my senior research paper since our sem and xrd are always down there is little hope of using them. I also hope classes like GIS will make me more versatile when I graduate, but I haven't had any experience with GIS as of yet.

However, I am not completely set into one discipline at the moment, and I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing.

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Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:19 am

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Post Re: I have lots of questions..
GIS is certainly a big plus on most cv's. Not only is it used in many companies, having followed courses on it shows your interested in software. As most geologist now sit behind a desk surrounded by monitors this gives value to your cv. A broad interest is also good, but make sure you have proof you can go in depth and bite into a subject. Your thesis will probably trigger you to do so, but a pro-active professor can also steer you in this.
If you can, go for a publication too...


Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:36 pm

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Post Re: I have lots of questions..
Hi!

New to the forum (well, taken a while to post anyway) so I'll do a thread dredge and basic introduction. After leaving my previous field (pharmacy) I am now a Geology student at JCU in Aus and had a couple of basic crystal ball questions.

First, the importance of hydrology for your average geologist, specifically with regards to exploration which is where I'd imagine myself heading first (heh, that's about as much as I can narrow it down at the moment!). Being this early in the course, it's hard to say yet where my particular interests lie and whether I'd prefer minerals or consider heading down the oil and gas pathway. For the latter, I'm guessing a hydrology subject might be slightly useful...

The problem is we have limited electives (I'm doing a graduate entry bachelor) and the other subject that I have currently selected (though can swap) is a geomorphology subject (with a focus on Australia) which just seems that bit more interesting.

That said, there seems enough basic geomorph in most of the other subjects and I don't want to disadvantage myself by omitting the hydrology subject, especially considering what one of the other posters said re. expanding roles for a hydrology bent.

Any input/discussion would be appreciated!


Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:22 am
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