Every day, we use information geoscientists provide and don’t even realise it. When we use our mobile devices, ride a bicycle, get a glass of water, drive across a bridge or through a tunnel, turn on a light or look into a mirror, a geoscientist had something to do with it.
Geoscientists help society meet its demands for natural resources- all kind of minerals, sources of energy, even fresh water and fertile soil. They help protect the public from natural hazards, such as floods, earthquakes and landslides. At the same time geoscientists safeguard our natural environment.
Learn more about the role of geoscience in the 21st Century and the critical societal needs served by geoscientists in this great report from the American Geosciences Institute here.
Geoscience: regulated like doctors, lawyers and engineers
People who practice geoscience in Canada are registered and regulated by legislation – or Acts – that govern their profession. This means Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo’s) must be registered, adhere to a code of ethics, and be held individually accountable for their work. It also means it is illegal to practice geoscience without being registered.
Geoscience is a regulated profession in Canada. Eleven provincial and territorial governments in Canada have entrusted the profession of geoscience with the legal power to self-regulate itself. For practice in Prince Edward Island and Yukon (the one remaining province and one remaining territory where self-regulation has not yet been implemented) geoscientists typically register in an adjacent Canadian jurisdiction. The power of self-regulation reflects the fact that the work of geoscientists – like that of other professions, such as engineering, medicine and accounting – is specialized, sophisticated and best-managed by the community of practising professionals.
In Canada some regulatory bodies regulate both geoscience and engineering. Others do not. Outside of Canada, geoscience is generally governed either alone as a single profession, or together with other applied sciences.