Are you studying earth sciences or are you a young graduate working at university? Did you consider a career in industry?

Many young geologists are drawn to study geology based on the general public perception of geologists being mainly scientists working at universities, museums and research laboratories, but did you know that 40% of geologists with BSc, 80% of geologists with MSc, and 10% of geologists with PhD are employed by the industry (according to AGI, Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2016)?

Geoscience in general is an exciting field of practical sciences as it offers a plethora of working possibilities, for most of us outside the academic community. A professional career path in industry indeed offers stimulating working environments, a perpetual professional, and personal growth, constant challenges and, last but not least, good salaries as well as adventure and a variety of tasks inside and outside of the field of geoscience.

Do you know what are professional titles and why industry asks geologists to obtain them?

Considering the high responsibility a geologist has towards his/her team of co-workers and contractors when working within the industry, an official certification of professional qualifications, experience and ethics is an advantage for geoscientists and can facilitate first-time employment or migration to the industry.
Did you know that the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) awards this kind of professional title?
The European Geologist professional title recognises the ability to deliver a high quality of services within the practice of geology and therefore acts as an international passport for European geoscientists working in industry. Title holders commit to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and to abide by a Code of Ethics.

Learn more about why to follow a career in industry and why professional certification matters and attend the EGU Townhall Meeting 14 on 9 April 2018 (19-20 pm) convened by EFG! Read more at

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