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old geologist in Clute Texas

36 months ago

wilkeje in Bluefield, West Virginia said: I'm in the same boat - BS in geology , been applying for 7 months. I hope someone provides some insight!

I have been mud logging for the last 4 years. Most of the Geologist I deal with only have a BS in Geology. One woman does not have a Geology degree. They seem not to know much, but all they do is look at Geosteering data each day. I am still applying for jobs at the very same companies I mud log and Geosteer for their operations departments. Unfortuitly, their HR departments still tell me I am not suitable for employment with their companies. I can't help but laugh at them; I'm the guy logging and steering their wells for very little money.

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Ismail Azam in Brooklyn, New York

36 months ago

You are absolutely right and it is true. I know almost tens of people with name and the companies that the male and the female are doing office work and preparing a final well report (working a clerical job) in office, no degree nothing...

Join rig site as trainee and then in a month writing Geological description (OH MY GOD). it has been done all under table, not fair.

We all Geologists and professionals has to raise their voices to stop this. I feel sometimes ashamed that the company is paying more than the Geologist and Engineers working with the same company.

We have to Control to build our nation in Energy and to stick on professionalism....

My Opinion is America is the best Country to work, but Human Resource and Hiring Manager has to check that to whom they are hiring and what degree they have and what job they need to do. GOD BLESS AMERICA

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Ismail Azam in Brooklyn, New York

36 months ago

shira in Plymouth, Minnesota I can join with you as a Geologist Please check my details in Linkedin..

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old geologist in Clute Texas in Texas

36 months ago

I am still looking for another job. The mud logging business is too slow. There is not enough work coming my way. I'll be 57 this year. Friends are telling me that there is no hope of any operator hiring me. My current employer wants me to live off my savings for the next 6 months. I need money coming in, so I need a job. I don't want to work for $18 an hour anymore.

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killerinstincts in San Antonio, Texas

35 months ago

So far the oil and gas industry has hit rock bottom . Competition is going to be the main thing that's going to prevent anyone to get in. I have a bs in geology and took me forever to get a position with a company called Lewis Energy. I'm starting off as a sample catcher but hopefully work my way up the ladder. They are looking for people out here encinal, tx for loggers and sample catchers from what I hear.

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ebeyer in west fork, Arkansas

34 months ago

It was nice reading all these posts as I have recently graduated with a BS in geology, have applied to over 160 places with minimal response, and have lab experience at a water resource lab that I worked at during getting my degree and afterward (lab tech I doesn't pay much, however). I have a great work experience. The responses that I do receive are positive although denials. They claim that they are "impressed" with my resume but either I don't meet all the qualifications of things they need. Many people have suggested networking, but on that case I am clueless. Any suggestions? I may be impatient as I have only recently graduated this may, but just talking about it will help as I really want to work as a geologist-it is my passion.

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geogirl in Calgary, Alberta

34 months ago

ebeyer, are you a student member of any professional organizations? even if you have graduated in most cases you can be a student member for the first year or so. go to the luncheons, events and try to get at least one business card per event and follow up with that person later. perhaps ask for an informational interview over coffee....
if you are an outgoing person,you'll have no problems but if you are shy like me it's a lot of work. also try to get a set of your own business cards made, vistaprint has decent quality cards for cheap, that just say your name, your degree and specialisation if you have one. then you can hand these out as well at events

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Junior Geologist in London, United Kingdom

31 months ago

I am a Junior Geologist from the UK. I have a BSc in Geology (2009) and a Masters in Geochemistry (2011). In 2012 I travelled to Australia to seek working in the mineral exploration industry. I found work as a exploration geologist for a small consultancy company and worked on various projects including gold, nickel, Iron ore and Copper. I was being sponsored by the company but the 457 visa was reject by the Australian government as they did not meet the requirements to sponsor a migrant.

In June 2014 I had to return to the UK. I have tried over the last year to seek employment as a geologist but have had no hope. I have sent over 100 emails, attended conferences, meetings and networking. I am now wondering what can I do as the exploration industry (including oil and gas) is in a bad shape.

Most people who I meet joke and say you can work as a bartender or taxi driver.

The mineral exploration industry seems to be far from recovering and it may take many years for it to boom again.

Does anyone have any ideas about positions in the UK related to geology that a graduate geologist can work in. I have looked for commodities trading, mine planning and logistics, geotechnical/environmental engineers and even finance but cannot secure a position.

I also want to know how many recent graduates are securing postions

Thanks

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Junior Geologist in London, United Kingdom

31 months ago

I am a Junior Geologist from the UK. I have a BSc in Geology (2009) and a Masters in Geochemistry (2011). In 2012 I travelled to Australia to seek working in the mineral exploration industry. I found work as a exploration geologist for a small consultancy company and worked on various projects including gold, nickel, Iron ore and Copper. I was being sponsored by the company but the 457 visa was rejected by the Australian government as they did not meet the requirements to sponsor a migrant.

In June 2014 I had to return to the UK. I have tried over the last year to seek employment as a geologist but have had no hope. I have sent over 1000 emails, attended conferences, meetings and networking. I am now wondering what can I do as the exploration industry (including oil and gas) is in a bad shape.

Most people who I meet joke and say you can work as a bartender or taxi driver.

The mineral exploration industry seems to be far from recovering and it may take many years for it to boom again.

Does anyone have any ideas about positions in the UK related to geology that a graduate geologist can work in. I have looked for commodities trading, mine planning and logistics, geotechnical/environmental engineers and even finance but cannot secure a position.

I also want to know how many recent graduates are securing postions

Thanks

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ebeyer in west fork, Arkansas

28 months ago

I have my b.s. in geology and a plethora of experience outside of my degree. I recently graduated in the spring of 2015 and am having a most difficult time finding a job as a geologist. Currently i am working as a wastewater operator and absolutely hate it, I was a lab tech for a water quality lab previously while getting my degree. I am desperate to be in the field of my studies and passion as I love geology and hydrology, I love being outdoors as well. I may be impatient, but does anyone here have any insight on how to get that coveted geology job with just your B.S.? I was completely burnt out after I graduated as I was a nontraditional student and it took me seven years to earn my A.S. and B.S. in geology and desperately needed a break. I would rather not go back and get my M.S. but I am getting desperate. Thoughts, suggestions?

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old geologist

24 months ago

Here it is April 6, 2016 and I'm about to take the third job I don't want to do. I'm about to be a truck driver. I'll be making next to nothing. My BS and MS in geology have proven to have been not worth much.

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Brian in Calgary, Alberta

24 months ago

old geologist said: Here it is April 6, 2016 and I'm about to take the third job I don't want to do. I'm about to be a truck driver. I'll be making next to nothing. My BS and MS in geology have proven to have been not worth much.

Wow! I'm with you, buddy! I'm a wellsite geologist, having worked five weeks in the last 18 months. I have an M.S. in geology from a major California university and I am about to take a job as a truck driver, too!

Sucks, eh?

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ismail azam in Brooklyn, New York

24 months ago

Thats good, But I need to be on my profession. I need this wellsite geology job. Can you please guide me and let me know where to apply and to whom I have to contact. I have done my Masters in Petroleum Geology having more than 10 years experiences. I need a job

Please help me out

Thank you
S.M.Ismail Azam

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old geologist in Texas

21 months ago

I went back to mud logging for less than $14 an hour. Anything less than $50 an hour is a poor income the jobs last about two weeks and they drill fast. The samples are 90 feet. You catch them wash them, look at them through the microscope, check for fluorescence, and write the description, take a picture of every sample, run a calcimeter, dry, and bag the sample. You must constantly keep their old SRI and crappy program running, and they're still using windows 98. I spend most of my time editing chromatograph data in their Excell based code. Their toss it into the data base program doesn't do a good job of getting everything where it should go. I'm frustrated and about to go broke.

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GIT in Calgary, Alberta

14 months ago

Sorry to hear all the sorrow stories. I'm currently working as a junior geologist in a company. In all honesty, I feel unsafe while working full time. Oil&gas industry hasn't been doing good for few years now. I'm not busy at all, i spend 40%-50% of my time doing things for other departments. I'm trying to figure out what should I do next. We are project, exploration and development based. Most of the companies are not looking to invest money while oil&gas industry is going under recession. Tough times for all of us.

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geodude in Sherwood Park, Alberta

14 months ago

GIT in Calgary, Alberta said: Sorry to hear all the sorrow stories. I'm currently working as a junior geologist in a company. In all honesty, I feel unsafe while working full time . Oil&gas industry hasn't been doing good for few years now. I'm not busy at all, i spend 40%-50% of my time doing things for other departments. I'm trying to figure out what should I do next. We are project, exploration and development based. Most of the companies are not looking to invest money while oil&gas industry is going under recession. Tough times for all of us.

At least you are currently working as a junior geologist. I graduated in 2015 and had no luck finding anything but apparently its picking up so I'm hoping maybe I can get something but it's still not looking to great. Hoping someone from calgary/edmonton can give me some advice or help me out I would really appreciate it.

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bob thrasher

12 months ago

old geologist in Texas said: I went back to mud logging for less than $14 an hour. Anything less than $50 an hour is a poor income the jobs last about two weeks and they drill fast. The samples are 90 feet. You catch them wash them, look at them through the microscope, check for fluorescence, and write the description, take a picture of every sample, run a calcimeter, dry, and bag the sample. You must constantly keep their old SRI and crappy program running, and they're still using windows 98. I spend most of my time editing chromatograph data in their Excell based code. Their toss it into the data base program doesn't do a good job of getting everything where it should go. I'm frustrated and about to go broke.

Riley Geological Consultants, Inc. is looking for experienced hands send resume to HR@RileyGeo.com website www.rileygeo.com we are in the Permian Basin

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Spongekids2 in Scottsdale, Arizona

1 month ago

Mudlogger in Pine Grove, California said: I don't know why everyone here has had such bad luck. I graduated in spring of 2011 and EVERY member of my graduating clas in geology was either employed before graduation or within a couple of months. I myself was hired as a mud logger within a month of graduating. You guys looking for jobs need to network with your classmates and professors in order to find a job. Most young geologist I know got jobs because someone knew someone who was hiring . Your professors know geologists in the industry and you need to capitalize on that. They all have friends who are senior geologists or run their own companies. Pick their brains, befriend a professor, see if you can help them with their research. There is more to getting a Geo degree than showing up and turning in your homework. Network within the small Geo community and it will pay off. As far as mud logging I love it. I've work oil and geothermal wells all over the world. This is definitely a job for people that don't mind working long hours or traveling a lot. I also work directly with energy company geologists and already have had a couple ask me to come work for them. I garuntee you if you work hard and look in the right places you will find a Geo job. Their are tons of them out there.I have friends working for environmental , oil, geotech, and engineering companies and they are all hiring right now. Get out there and good luck.

Can you give the name or names of companies that you work for or hiring? Live in TN but will relocate.

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Spongekids2 in Scottsdale, Arizona

1 month ago

Can you give the name of the company that you work for. Live in TN but will relocate. Have Bachelor degree in geology. Just need help getting foot in the door

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bobthrasher in Midland, Texas

1 month ago

Spongekids2 in Scottsdale, Arizona said: Can you give the name of the company that you work for. Live in TN but will relocate. Have Bachelor degree in geology. Just need help getting foot in the door

Riley Geological Consultants, Inc. is looking for experienced hands send resume to HR@RileyGeo.com website www.rileygeo.com we are in the Permian Basin

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Sciencelover in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

13 days ago

About me graduated in 2011 with a BA in geoscience. I even attendee a field camp and although I found some work after college I was laid off about 3 times. Im not sure if being a minority, low gpa cause my professors made their exams so hard, or the year i graduated was the problem but, I struggled. So I instead decided to move into a different career field IT and have only been unemployed once in almost 6 yrs. And the pay has been very good. I think if i wouldve sticked it out and continued working in the environmental field id still be struggling. Also im a military veteran and I did not see any support or willingness to help veterans who enter this field.

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