Environmental Geologist

Environmental geologists study the composition and structure of the earth. They apply this knowledge to problems relevant to the relationship between humans and their environment. They study ways of preserving the environment while at the same time ensuring it will be as healthy and safe as possible for human life. Some environmental geologists teach and conduct research at universities. However the website www.wisegeek.com says that others who employ environmental geologists are state agencies private consulting firms oil companies and real estate developers. Environmental geologists spend time at geological sites where they may take samples that can be tested back in the laboratory. Once these tests are completed they write up reports on the results which may be used to make policy recommendations. Many times environmental geologists are called upon to assess what impact a planned construction project will have on the environment. Others may be asked to recommend how to extract resources from the earth using the safest and least destructive method how to evaluate the impact landfills may have on the pollution of the earth or how best to construct public works projects such as dams and roads. Some environmental geologists specialize in studying the probability and impact of hazards such as earthquakes mudslides or flooding. At the minimum environmental geologists must have a bachelor’s degree in geology. However many have master’s or doctoral degrees. The website www.salaryexpert.com reports that environmental geologists earn annual salaries between $50000 and $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $75000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Studies the interaction between humans and the natural environment.
Evaluates the impact of various human activities on the environment.
Prepares reports on geological research findings.
Analyzes the composition of the earth.
Also Called: Geologist
Geological Engineer
Mining Geologist
Geologic Expert
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