Geoscience graduates have a bright future ahead, filled with opportunities as Canada’s population ages. It is important those of you enrolled in geoscience programs at Canadian universities understand the classes and course work you need to complete in order to apply for registration as a P.Geo. Becoming a P.Geo. is now a requirement in Canada so this is an important step in launching your career. Currently, three principle streams of geoscience education are recognized:
- Environmental Geoscience
For complete details of the P.Geo.’s admissions requirements in a particular province or territory, please contact the appropriate regulatory body directly. Most are familiar with the courses offered at their local universities and can provide information on how individual courses offered equate to the local requirements for P.Geo. registration. You should also talk to your professors, departmental staff and academic advisors. And, for a summary of the admission requirements, you can refer to the Geoscientists Canada booklet, Geoscience Knowledge and Experience Requirements for Professional Registration in Canada, for more information.
Becoming a Geoscientist-in-training
Newly graduated geoscientists are encouraged to commence the professional registration process after completing their primary degree, by applying to enter a Geoscientists-in-Training (GIT) program. The GIT program helps to streamline the transition to becoming a P.Geo but is not a requirement. As part of preparing for longer term-career path decisions for employment in geoscience, students are encouraged to take up temporary summer or co-op student employment, and to join and participate in Geology Clubs and Student chapters of national and international technical and learned geoscientific societies. Two key areas for geoscience employment in the resources sectors are mining and petroleum. Both sponsor very valuable and popular employment orientation annual student field trips/workshops each year. For students considering careers in petroleum geology, there is the Canadian Association of Petroleum Geologists -Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT).
Those interested in working in mineral exploration and mining should consider the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop
Many industry organizations, as well as other geoscience societies and associations in Canada have active students’ pages on their websites where students can find information about careers, employment tips and student employments opportunities.