Geologists study the history, composition, and physical aspects of our planet. The entire world will be your laboratory, as geology is the most outdoor-oriented discipline of the basic sciences.
Communication skills – clearly and effectively inform, explain and instruct both the scientific and non-scientific community; prepare technical reports; write research papers and proposals
Computer skills - Knowledge of computer applications; key software applications
Technical - Operate technical instruments; Knowledge of Physical Methods of Exploration Relying on Gravity, Magnetism, Electrical Conductivity, Seismic Shock Wave Velocities
Specialized Skills – Field mapping, core logging, data integration and visualization, microscopy
Organization - Data, time and resource management
Problem solving skills - Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; understanding the components of complex problems; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions
Proficiency in mathematics - Mathematical modeling; Concrete & abstract mathematical concepts
Research skills - data collection; process and synthesize vast amounts of data and apply where relevant; define research problems; develop research models and proposals; Conducting field observations & taking appropriate measurements
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development. These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work. Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.