skills do you need to be an engineer, geologist or geophysicist?
you enjoy science and math? These subjects are an essential
part of engineering, geology and geophysics. If you enjoy them,
chances are you would enjoy being an engineer, geologist or
you naturally curious? A problem solver? Do you like coming
up with new ideas and trying them out, or finding new ways of
getting a job done? Do you want to know why or how? Are you
able to work and share your ideas with others? Good communication
skills are an important tool in the work of an engineer, geologist
geology and geophysics are interesting careers that give you
the satisfaction of finding, inventing or making things that
benefit people, the community and the environment.
do engineers, geologists and geophysicists do?
use their imagination, creativity and expertise to solve problems
and improve the world we live in. They take ideas and turn them
into reality. They are working on ways to make the world cleaner
and provide people with healthier and safer lives. Engineers
design things we use everyday - from cars to airplanes, computers
to VCRs, toys to toothbrushes, and artificial limbs to kitchen
appliances. In fact, engineering affects our lives every day
often without us even realizing it.
and geophysicists are earth scientists. They help us understand
our place in the history of the planet. They find and develop
resources like water, petroleum, natural gas and minerals which
is important because much of what we make, use or wear comes
from mineral or energy resources. Earth scientists investigate
natural earth processes and phenomena like the erosion of rocks
caused by wind and rain, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.
They study fossils, explore space and investigate the ocean
floor. Geologists and geophysicists help solve modern problems
such as waste disposal, water pollution, and find safer water
in engineering, geology and geophysics are innovative and exciting.
Men and women who are bright, educated and creative are needed
for these fields. Count yourself among those involved in challenging
boundaries and providing solutions for the future!
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Highly skilled, qualified
professionals are need to meet these advances now and in the
for new graduates range between $36,000 and $40,000. As engineers,
geologists and geophysicists gain experience, they become more
valuable to employers.
Salary Survey - 1998
Real Nitty Gritty
general, a degree in engineering, geology and geophysics
requires four years of university education.
require an advanced diploma (Chemistry 30, Physics 30, English
30, Math 30 and Math 31) for entrance to most universities.
vary slightly, so check with the appropriate university
department for information on student quotas and what average
marks are required.
a professional, you have considerable control over what you
do and where you work. With a degree in engineering, geology
or geophysics your career possibilities are endless. Engineers,
geologists and geophysicists work in a variety of settings.
You may find yourself in a research lab, at an oil refinery,
in a manufacturing plant or a high tech facility. You could
be on a construction site, a ship, or a drilling platform in
the ocean. You may be a field crew member on a mountain top,
in the jungle or on the northern tundra. You may be surrounded
by massive equipment at a plant site or have little more than
a rock hammer and a notebook in a remote region. Or, you may
find yourself in a corporate setting - in an office or executive
meeting room. Wherever you work, it is important to enjoy what
you are doing?
Program Is For You?
next section describes some of the jobs available to graduates
of engineering, geology and geophysics. It isn't necessary for
you to decide right away which area you would like to speialize
in. In most cases, you have until the second year of university
to consider the alternatives.