Relevant degree subjects include earth, physical, mathematical and applied sciences and engineering. In particular, the following subjects may increase your chances:
Entry without a degree or with HND only is not possible.
Geological Society has accredited a number of first degree geoscience courses. An accredited degree usually qualifies individuals for membership (Fellowship) of the society after a period of relevant postgraduate experience. It also confers chartered geologist (CGeol) status after a period of professional development and relevant experience (minimum five years). Candidates will need to be a fellow for at least three months and also attend an interview on certain days scheduled throughout the year. Those without a degree-level education majoring in geology should contact the Geological Society for further advice on how to attain chartered status.
A postgraduate qualification, for example an MSc in Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrogeology, Soil or Rock Mechanics, Foundation Engineering or related areas is desirable. An accreditation scheme for taught postgraduate MSc courses is also available.
It is sometimes also possible to gain entry to the field with a background in civil engineering or the sciences through the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) . Contact these organisations directly for further information.
Pre-entry experience is not formally required, although field work experience will improve your chances. The Geological Society has some useful information on this.
Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:
Physical mobility, a good standard of fitness and a driving licence are also required.
The range of employment fields for engineering geologists is broad and level of competition varies accordingly. Engineering geology within certain areas of the construction industry is growing, due to public regeneration programmes and similar projects.
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