Have you thanked a geologist today? You probably should because April 3 is National Geologists Day. Without geologists, we wouldn’t know much about the earth’s history, or how integral the science of geology is for many of the products that we use daily, yet often take for granted like cell phones and even toothpaste.
According to the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG), National Geologists Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of April each year. The first Geologists Day was established in April 1966 by scientists in the former Soviet Union. The day honors and recognizes the brilliant work of geologists, geophysicists, and geochemists who study the history of the Earth and the composition of rocks, soil, water, minerals, and other materials that are needed to help build houses, businesses, and determine the safety of their foundations/locations.
National Geologists Day was also established to bring awareness and inspire those wanting to learn more about geology and pursue career opportunities in this growing profession.
Did you know there is a demand for geologists? The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a bright future for careers in the geosciences. Employment is expected to grow by five percent within the next 10 years, which is faster than most other professions. The reason for the growth is primarily due to many baby boomers retiring, leaving a need to train new workers to fill the void.
For those interested in more information about geologists and licensure, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) offers a Consumer Guide to Geological and Geophysical Services Publications which is available on their Website at https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/pubs/ggconsumer_guide.shtml.