Engineering Geologist

Assess the strength of the ground beneath construction sites.
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Salary Range
$44,000 – $161,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Engineering Geologists do?

Have you ever driven down the coastline, admiring the massive casas hanging over the cliffs? Or have you walked along the beach and looked up at those same houses, wondering how they keep from falling into the sea?

Well, it requires the coordination of many professionals: Architects, Engineers, Construction Foremen, and you, the Engineering Geologist. While the other team members focus on design, strength, and the actual building of the structure, the Engineering Geologist reviews the plans, evaluates the property, and decides how structurally sound the building site is.

This means that you, the Engineering Geologist, considers the amount of water that runs through the site. Water strips away layers of ground, which isn’t a good thing when that ground supports a house or other structure. You also consider dirt, gravel, or other components in the ground. You formulate questions and find the answers. For example, how will elements from the ground affect the foundation? Is there a fault line nearby with the potential to cause earthquake damage?

Your expertise is used on a variety of projects. You might evaluate the site of a proposed landfill to make sure it can handle the load. You might also be consulted when the government decides to add a dam to a river. After all, it would be a significant waste of taxpayer’s money to watch a dam crumble into a heaping mound of concrete. In addition, you evaluate the probability of rocks falling or landslides occurring along roadsides, measure volcanic activity, and evaluate the potential for floods.

Should I be an Engineering Geologist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Geological Engineer

    How to become an Engineering Geologist

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