IMPLICATIONS OF GEOLOGIC LICENSURE
Thirty-one states currently license geologists with another four states in the process of either considering, developing, or actively implementing licensure programs. In addition, 10 states have professional license requirements in effect for specific areas involving geology and earth science. The implications of geologic licensure on academics, consultants, those in public service, and students entering the profession are significant. They range from restrictions on professional practice, continuing education requirements, interactions with colleagues, and increased personal liability. The dynamics of this developing paradigm presage several desirable trends in professional practice including enhanced standing with the public, greater professional accountability, and increased financial rewards.