Tuesday, October 19, 2010

When I grow up, I would like to

When you ask children about what they would like to be when they grow up, most of them will naturally say they want to be a doctor, a lawyer, an architect, an engineer or a soldier. Those who love teaching would like to be a lecturer not a teacher. I met very few students who say, I would like to be like you. I want to be a teacher!
What these children really need is some guidance. Let them explore what the world can offer them. If they are good in science, they can be a scientist, a geologist or a marine biologist. Parents should not decide for them. Let them choose their own choice of career. Parents however must not leave them on their own. Provide them the support they need and always listen to their complaints. Give them advice when they require it.

Geology as a Career:

Geology can be a very interesting and rewarding career. The minimum training required is a four-year college degree in geology. Pre-college students who are interested in becoming geologists should take a full curriculum of college preparatory courses, especially those in math, science, and writing. Courses related to computers, geography and communication are also valuable.

Geologists work in a variety of settings. These include: natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend their time in laboratories, classrooms or offices. All geologists prepare reports, do calculations and use computers.
Although a bachelor's degree is required for entry level employment,
many geologists earn master's and/or doctorate degrees. The advanced degrees provide a higher level of training, often in a geology specialty area such as paleontology, mineralogy, hydrology or volcanology. Advanced degrees will often qualify the geologist for supervisory positions, research assignments or teaching positions at the university level. These are some of the most sought after jobs in the field of geology.

Employment opportunities for geologists are very good. Most geology graduates with a strong academic background and good grades have no trouble finding employment if they are willing to move to a location where work is available.
How Can You Become a Geologist?

If you are a pre-college student can prepare to become a geologist by doing well in all of your courses. Science courses are especially important but math, writing, and other disciplines are used by every geologist during every working day.

If you are considering college or graduate school there are many universities that offer courses or programs in geology. Visit the website of a school that offers a geology degree, get in touch with the geology department, let them know you are interested and make arrangements to visit the campus. Don't be hesitant. Good schools and professors want to be contacted by interested students.

(Taken from Geology.com)