Careers in Geoscience
To meet its needs as a country going forward Canada needs geoscientists. It needs experienced geoscientists willing to emigrate to live and put their skills to work in Canada; it needs young people attending Canada’s high schools to consider geoscience as an exciting future career.
Geoscience offers an intellectually challenging and rewarding, wide-ranging career. It offers the opportunity to work out of doors (“in the field”), in a lab or at a desk. In most cases the work of a typical geoscientist involves work in all three of these settings.
While geoscientists work as individual scientists, each responsible for the work they undertake and the persons they supervise, most also contribute as integral members of larger teams that collaborate together to achieve the objectives of their employer, client or funding agency.
Because their work involves the analysis of different Earth systems and geoscientific situations in their natural setting, geoscientists need to gather on-site data and make direct field observations. Work sites locations can be remote and physically challenging. Many geoscientists travel extensively – both to get to their sites of work and as part of on- site logistics. Travel can be local, regional, national or global depending on the nature of the geoscientist’s speciality and the reach of their employer’s interests.
Geoscientists are generally well paid for the work they do. One downside is demand for geoscientists can be sometime be cyclically. In poor economic times employment opportunities can become constrained, particularly in the resources sectors.
The geoscientist community in Canada is large. According to the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences there are over 20,000 geoscientists in Canada. The main employers of geoscientists in Canada are:
- Mineral exploration, mining and Earth materials companies
- Oils and gas and other energy supply companies
- Consulting firms
- Government agencies
- Universities and research establishments
All these employment sectors and the geoscience community in Canada is general contuse to seek people to consider a career in geoscience. The Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences hosts a comprehensive website for young persons, entitled Explore a career in Earth science.