Geology - University of Canterbury

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Geology - University of Canterbury

‘Geologists are timetravellers.Their scientificdetective work on eventsin deep geological timehelps us to understand thepresent, and both past andpresent are key to predictingthe future.’What skills have ourgraduates gained?Through their Geology degree, graduatesdevelop a valuable set of skills that aretransferrable to a range of careers, including:• Independent thinking• Critically assessing and synthesising literatureand data• Capacity to think creatively, logically andquantitatively• Oral and written communication• Planning and organisation skills• Teamwork and leadership• Mathematical and computer competenciesOpportunities to apply your learning outside theclassroom through work and other experiencesalso exist and can deepen your skills set andemployability. Work and other experiencescan also support and inform learning and skilldevelopment in the classroom.Where have ourgraduates beenemployed?A career in Geology offers a very wide spectrumof work environments and employmentmatched by few other professional disciplines.Geologists are well paid and have rewardinglifestyles with ample job satisfaction. Geologygraduates find positions as resource advisors,research technicians, soil technicians, researchscientists, policy analysts, explorationgeophysicists, quarry managers, teachers,Geographic Information Systems (GIS)specialists, environmental impact officers,hydrologists, seismic interpreters and researchassistants.They are employed in the mining and petroleumindustries, national and local government,planning and conservation organisations,university teaching and research, secondaryteaching, museums and science centres, energycompanies, consulting and engineering firms,research institutes and exploration firms.For more examples of employers who recruitUC students and graduates go towww.canterbury.ac.nz/careersFor more information about UC student andgraduate opportunities, go to UC CareerHub:www.careerhub.canterbury.ac.nzScience


What jobs and activitiesdo our graduates do?Graduates with this degree are employed in arange of jobs including resource advisors, soiltechnicians, teachers and seismic interpreters.Some of the jobs listed may require furtherstudy at postgraduate level. Postgraduatestudy can contribute to your employability.It enables you to extend your knowledge andskills, indicates your motivation and ability topersevere at a high level academically and canmake you more competitive in the job market.Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite forcertain jobs.Engineering geologist• Advises on site selection using geologicalmaps and aerial photographs• Uses specialised computer software to designstructures• Provides advice on construction materials andtesting of materialsPetroleum geologist• Collects geological information on site• Interprets geological data• Plans and coordinates drillingTechnician field support• Maintains general field equipment• Provides technical expertise and instructionon use of equipment• Assists in planning and organises field tripsSoil technician• Monitors, collects and tests soil samples• Analyses soil data• Writes reportsMining geologist• Tests ore blending and block modeling usingcomputer programs• Facilitates grade control programmes• Liaises with engineering and managementpersonnelGeophysicist/field seismologist• Relocates equipment to various sites• Analyses geological and seismological data• Writes reportsSecondary school teacher• Prepares and delivers instructional activitiesand lessons in specialised subjects• Observes and evaluates performance in orderto provide feedback• Develops and marks tests and assessmentsEntrepreneurship and innovation areincreasingly becoming an important part of theworld of work and should be considered as acareer option. For more information aboutUC student innovation & entrepreneurship,related internships, scholarships, courses andactivities go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/careersFor further information on job titles, please seethe latest UC Graduate Destinations Survey(www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers)For additional graduate destination informationgo to www.graduatecareers.com.au orwww.prospects.ac.ukWhat professionalbodies and organisationsdo our students andgraduates link to?As they progress in their studies and into acareer, our students and graduates often joinprofessional bodies specific to their area ofinterest. These organisations offer graduatesthe opportunity to network and collaboratewith others within the same community. Otherrelevant organisations are also listed below.• Geoscience Society of New Zealand(www.gsnz.org.nz)• New Zealand Minerals Industry Association(NZMIA) (www.minerals.co.nz)• Petroleum Exploration and ProductionAssociation of New Zealand Inc(www.pepanz.org.nz)• New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc(www.nzgeotechsoc.org.nz)• New Zealand Geothermal Association (Inc)(www.nzgeothermal.org.nz)Social media networks, such as LinkedIn(including LinkedIn groups), Facebook andTwitter can provide avenues for students andgraduates to keep up-to-date with currentindustry knowledge and ‘best practice’,networking opportunities, industry-relatedevents and job vacancies.What further study can Ido after my degree?It is possible to study at postgraduate andgraduate level in subjects both directly andindirectly related to your degree. For a list ofpostgraduate and graduate study options, go towww.canterbury.ac.nz/coursesStudents who wish to go beyond a Bachelorof Science can enrol in either an honoursor masters programmes, or a PostgraduateDiploma in Science. Postgraduate degrees inEngineering Geology and Hazard and DisasterManagement are also offered.Geology graduates may also enrol for anhonours, postgraduate diploma or masters inEnvironmental Science and incorporate fourthyearGeology courses into that degree. Studentswith either an honours or masters may proceedto the research degree of PhD.Postgraduate study can also lead to an academiccareer pathway in teaching and research.Carefully consider your motivation for study,how it fits in with your long-term careerplans and whether it is likely to enhance youremployment prospects.Science

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