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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
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 sources.
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
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
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.