Inside Geologist Careers

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"Less Task Diversity Than Anticipated...
This particular field suffers greatly from being mundane; that is, day to day tasks are more repetitive than I had anticipated. There is still significant stress and changing environments, but overall much less variety, which is a bit of a disappointment." (Petroleum Geologist; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Oklahoma, male
School: Studied Geology at James Madison University in Virginia; completed Bachelor degree in 2010

"I was surprised to learn that I was going into the business of geology, not just plain, old geology. It was eye-opening to find out that I needed to learn about budgets, marketing, balance sheets, etc." (Geologist; 2013)

Career: 25 years of experience, currently based in Oregon, male
School: Studied Geology at University Of Oregon in Oregon; completed Bachelor degree in 1984

"I was surprised to find that working in the field is a lot more physically demanding than I would have thought. Also, there is a lot of down time where one isn't working and is just waiting for results." (Field Geologist; 2012)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Washington, male
School: Studied Geology at University Of Washingon in Washington; completed Bachelor degree in 2009

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"It Really Is All About Who You Know...
This field has a substantial turn-over rate, often people will switch companies several times throughout a career. This being known, knowing people is how someone gets a job. They say "college is more about the hands you shake rather than the grades you make." There is truth to this statement in regards to this industry." (Petroleum Geologist; 2013)