I want that job! Enjoy the outdoors? Consider a career in geology.
The prefix geo- means "earth," so a geologist is someone who studies the earth. Some geologists study the properties of rocks. Others study how rocks interact to form the surface of our planet, or the causes of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.
WHAT DO GEOLOGIST DO?
Many geologists explore the outdoors, gathering information about Earth. For example, some travel to remote places to map the landscape. Geologists may teach in schools or do research for corporations, such as oil exploration for a petroleum company.
HOW DO GEOLOGISTS HELP PEOPLE?
Some geologists monitor for the likelihood of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, and help devise safety plans. Those who work for environmental consulting firms might help clean up after an oil spill.
HOW DO YOU TRAIN TO BECOME A GEOLOGIST?
Prepare by taking science, math, and computer classes in high school. Take geology courses in college. Since geologists need to share their findings with other scientists, writing or public-speaking classes could help hone communication skills.
To perform advanced jobs, a graduate degree is necessary.
HOW MUCH MONEY DO GEOLOGIST MAKE?
A starting geologist might earn $38,000 a year. A geologist with 10 to 15 years of experience might earn upward of $70,000.