Geological Engineer

Geological engineers work in an area that combines geology and engineering technology. According to the website www.princetonreview.com geological engineers work to study how humans can use the earth as safely and efficiently as possible. For example they are called in to evaluate whether a site is safe for building tunnels dams roads railways mines quarries forestry operations and housing projects. They also study how to protect people from volcano eruptions landslides and earthquakes as well as how to search for energy sources that will be used as efficiently as possible. Geological engineers do a great deal of field-oriented hands-on research but they also work in laboratories where they often use computers to help solve problems. Not only must they have excellent skills in computer modeling mapping and data analysis but they must know how to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate mineral deposits. According to the website www.ehow.com geological engineers must have at least a bachelors degree in geological engineering geosciences or environmental science. However many government agencies and private corporations require a masters degree and it is necessary to earn a Ph.D. to qualify for senior-level research jobs and academic professorships at universities. There are many job opportunities for geological engineers but earnings depend on the industry and employers. Bachelors level geological engineers earn between $39000 and $48000. However the median annual salary for those with advanced degrees is approximately close to $79000 and experienced geological engineers that work for oil and gas companies can make well over $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $69500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $39000
Tasks: Studies geologic hazards.
Understands geological structures.
Advises construction companies on where and how to build.
Evaluates whether areas are safe for building, digging, or mining.
Also Called: Geologist
Engineer
Geoscientist
Mining Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/Majors.aspx?cip=143901&page=1
http://www.eos.ubc.ca/academic/careers/geolengineering.html