What do people think of geologists?
I am thinking of switching out of engineering into geology for my college major and even though it will not change whether or not I switch, I was wondering what /sci/ and people in general think of geologists and about a person when they say they are a geologist or geo-scientist?
if you like it, then go for it
i started studying geology years ago, but in my country geology is focused solely on mining and making big bucks for the likes of bhp billiton, and so. you do make big moneys there, though.
where i am now, geology is more field trips, rock looking and geology as you know it
if youre worried about the image you give as a geologist, then youre an idiot, do something because you like it, not because its well perceived
/sci/? Anything less pure than mathematics is a meme degree for chads.
IRL? There's not many degrees with any real cachet, it's what you do with it that counts. Don't be sucked into hierarchical uni autist pissing contests, degree prestige is nonsense.
I'm in second year, I'm finding it much more applied than other sciences I'm doing at the moment, get to do a lot of interpretation and field trips, very good fun.
You could combine the two and do geotechnical engineering if engineering still has some interest for you.
not worried, just interested in what my chinese cave painting forums say about it.
My best friend is a math major does that count?
Where I'm at we have mining engineering instead of geotechnical. Im thinking of dropping that though because I hate (advanced) math and it doesn't come as easily as natural sciences do for me.
Pretty Mineral, OP.
>Torbernite is the mineral from hell. The prism shaped green crystals form as secondary deposits in granitic rocks, and are composed of uranium. Formed through a complex reaction between phosphorous, copper, water and uranium, the stunning crystal displays have seduced many mineral collectors into taking a sample for a shelf collection. If the uranium decay from a pocket sized Chernobyl were not enough, lethal radon gas capable of causing lung cancer slowly releases from these hot rocks. This is one crystal to leave alone. Torbernite can occur in granite, so your stone countertop just might contain traces of torbernite. The bright green crystal blooms were used by prospectors as indicators of uranium deposits.
Lol, I have 6 of those in my personal collection.
stay safe friend. I mostly have lots of cool gemstones in my collection. some nice fossils and pretty rocks too tho.
I generally consider geology to be a hobby degree. Most people I know with geology degrees have never worked a job that had anything to do with geology.
But relax. An even bigger hobby degree is archaeology. I don't personally know anyone with a degree in archaeology who has ever worked as an archaeologist.
There's money to be made in mining and industry from it, and a lot of times, other scientists use geology in their work (eg paleontologists). If it's what you want to do, follow your heart [spoiler]faggot[/spoiler]
Go for it OP. It's much more applied than almost every other science out there, it's loadsafun and you can get autismal with it. What you can do really ranges on how much you time and effort you put into it. You might become a prospector or assorted rockfag without trying too much, but if you're willing to study it, you can get into geophysics, geochemistry, civil/hydro engineering and the list goes on. Basically combine any 2 fields of science and you get some variant of geology.
Also, the field work is loadsafun.
You don't know many people, do you?
I know plenty of people.
I know people with geology degrees who are having very successful carreers as geologists.
I also know people with geology degrees who have never worked a day in their life as a geologist.
By the way, a completely off-topic story, someone was really impressed with me in college because of a geologist.
He was in a bar in an oil town when a geologist walked in and heard him say something about my hometown. He walked up to the geologist and told him that he knew someone from that town. The geologist looked at him and said "It must have been one of the ____ boys" saying my last name. Sure enough, it was.