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How bad is your maths? If you can manage a half-decent A level, try mining engineering. If not, then consider geology/geochemistry at a mining college. The UK colleges (particularly Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University) and Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London) have a worldwide reputation and an enviable record of industrial placements in a well-paid profession. Travel is part of the deal: there is almost no mining in the UK nowadays. But it doesn't seem to stop anyone from getting married or having children: contracts are essentially longterm because it's a longterm business.There are plenty of less vocational courses in earth sciences but the world doesn't seem to be short of graduate ecologists and green freaks.
Why mining? It's the best-paid nonacademic application of geology, and involves every aspect from aerial, satellite, gravimetric and seismic prospecting, through yield prediction, extraction (the bit that actually earns the money!), primary refining, transport, and site remediation. The British Isles are certainly geologically interesting and very accessible - no need to trek across deserts or through jungles to get to the rivers and mountains - so a good place to study, but as they are pretty well explored and exploited, I guess you will need to travel overseas to make much of a career in geology. Unless, of course, you get involved with underground engineering....I have a son who is a mining engineer - liked geology and physics at school and decided to make a career of it. Now settled in Australia, earning a fortune and having a whale of a time blowing up bits of desert with several of his classmates. So perhaps I'm a bit biassed!
There are parts of mining & prospecting that rely strongly on maths/supercomputer skills - and are mainly indoor jobs.But there are other areas that are not so strongly bound to mathematics, like collecting the data or collecting the minerals. If you are a bit claustrophobic, or concerned about being in the dark for 20 hours per day, look at open-cut mining, which is more an outdoors job (compared to shaft mining).I also was going to suggest Australia, especially studying in Perth (in Western Australia), which has a strong focus on mining & geology, and a great demand for people in that field.From talking to people who have been to the mines, I see that the work is hard (eg 2 weeks of 12-hour shifts), but there are frequent, good breaks (eg 2 weeks off, in between) and well-paid. Locations are remote, but flights to and from work are provided by the employer.As you have considered, different activities are better suited to different parts of your career. Things that may seem unattractive now may better suit your abilities and interests in another decade.
Would you even recommend me studying geology based off my first post?
Do you ever regret not changing your career?
Quote from: Onmop on 27/12/2014 20:28:18 Would you even recommend me studying geology based off my first post?Can't say geology enthralled me in my student days. It was peripheral to solid state physics and chemistry, but always seemed more like stamp collecting than science. Quote Do you ever regret not changing your career? Not for one minute! It evolved around me, and always in a more interesting direction. I'll probably do something completely different in a year or so, but there are a few projects to wrap up first. The fact is that if you study some basic sciences, you can meander along life's pathways as they open up: a first degree is not (or shouldn't be) a blueprint for the next 40 years, more like a master key to lots of doorways.
job prospects for geologist are good.
I don't care about money for now
Do you know if it's hard to get in as an international student?
figuring out what I want to do for the rest of my life
If I wanted to start a family, travel could possibly get in the way
What do / did you work with?