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PROFESSOR, GEOLOGY: Take More Math & Science Classes

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Joe is a Geology Professor, who teaches college students and also directs their research projects. His main areas of instruction are Introductory, Structural, and Field Geology. He advises: take more science and math classes while in high school, and give some thought about your career direction.

School: Michigan State University ; University of Kentucky ; University of Kentucky - Michigan State University
Degree: Geology
Job Title: Profesor of Geology
Employer: Concord University

Job Summary: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

Job Description

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Geoscientists need a license to practice in some states. Requirements vary by state but typically include minimum education and experience requirements and a passing score on an exam.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $160,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, Public speaking ability, Mathematical skills

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m='10590'>major.</span> <span m='11280'>And</span> <span m='11930'>so</span> <span m='12460'>students</span> <span m='12870'>get</span> <span m='13060'>their</span> <span m='13580'>undergraduate</span> <span m='14200'>degree</span> <span m='14540'>in</span> <span m='14680'>geology,</span> <span m='15170'>and</span> <span m='15430'>I</span> <span m='15510'>also</span> <span m='15790'>do</span> <span m='16070'>research</span> <span m='16540'>with</span> <span m='16780'>undergraduate</span> <span m='17570'>students</span> <span m='17980'>at</span> <span m='18090'>our</span> <span m='18180'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='19320'>I</span> <span m='19450'>teach</span> <span m='19720'>mostly</span> <span m='20050'>Introductory</span> <span m='20630'>Geology</span> <span m='21090'>classes,</span> <span m='21690'>and</span> <span m='22200'>Structural</span> <span m='22840'>Geology,</span> <span m='23570'>and</span> <span m='24000'>Field</span> <span m='24300'>Geology</span> <span m='25460'>are</span> <span m='25680'>my</span> <span m='25820'>main</span> <span m='26060'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='27640'>Well</span> <span m='27910'>I</span> <span m='28310'>did</span> <span m='28550'>my</span> <span m='28830'>undergraduate</span> <span m='30540'>degree</span> <span m='30940'>in</span> <span m='31040'>geology</span> <span m='31720'>at</span> <span m='32040'>Michigan</span> <span m='32430'>State</span> <span m='32780'>and</span> <span m='33080'>then</span> <span m='33220'>I</span> <span m='33260'>went</span> <span m='33490'>to</span> <span m='33560'>graduate</span> <span m='34000'>school</span> <span m='34350'>for</span> <span m='34590'>a</span> <span m='34720'>master's</span> <span m='35320'>and</span> <span m='35720'>a PhD</span> <span m='36070'>at</span> <span m='36660'>University</span> <span m='37130'>of</span> <span m='37210'>Kentucky.</span> <span m='37950'>And</span> <span m='38530'>so</span> <span m='38920'>here</span> <span m='39100'>I</span> <span m='39170'>am</span> <span m='39350'>today.</span> </p><p><span m='40650'>What</span> <span m='40700'>I</span> <span m='40830'>would</span> <span m='41240'>have</span> <span m='41505'>liked</span> <span m='41770'>to</span> <span m='41900'>know</span> <span m='42160'>more--</span> <span m='42415'>and</span> <span m='44400'>it's</span> <span m='44600'>hard</span> <span m='44870'>to</span> <span m='44910'>go</span> <span m='45000'>back</span> <span m='45300'>in</span> <span m='45410'>time</span> <span m='45840'>and</span> <span m='46160'>know what</span> <span m='46590'>you should</span> <span m='46770'>have</span> <span m='46890'>known--</span> <span m='47190'>but</span> <span m='47360'>it</span> <span m='47420'>would</span> <span m='47530'>be</span> <span m='47680'>better</span> <span m='47910'>to</span> <span m='47990'>take</span> <span m='48190'>more</span> <span m='48410'>science,</span> <span m='48920'>more</span> <span m='49110'>math.</span> <span m='50000'>And</span> <span 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