Regardless of the media’s continuous rambles about recession and unemployment, the need for Geologists is MASSIVE both naturally and when compared to most other corporate sectors. Yes, there have been tough times which in the past have reflected retrenchment and even layoffs. However with this said, the focal point is the long-term outlook, which looks highly promising and will strengthen across Africa as economic conditions improve within the region.
Salaries and demand for Geologists often mirror the price of geological commodities. Such commodities and determinants include fuels, metals and construction materials. Currently, low prices for some of these commodities have resulted in layoffs yet at the same time those same low prices support demand. As economic conditions improve, demand and prices should both increase to create an environment of renewed hiring.
Working as a Geologist is not a limited job; there are abundant jobs for Geologists external to the mineral resource sector. The environmental, governmental and educational sectors comprise these “unknown” jobs for Geologists. Currently, there are plenty exciting and satisfactory jobs for the industry and what’s even more great is that the outlook for newly qualified Geologists is positive.
The amount of Geologists working in environmental jobs has been on a continuous and steady incline. The vast incline has been heavily influenced by expenditure form the government and various environmental legislations.
Regulations rather than the prices of commodities influence the employment rate and demand for Geologists. Employment in these areas thus far has reflected steady and strong increases due to the global concern for issues such as pollution, land use and climate change. The ideals that drive the environmental movement are likely to remain if not progress and that will support the long term need and demand for Geologists.