SO HOW DOES PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE IN GEOSCIENCE IMPACT ME?
With all that stuff – Why bother? – Do I really need to worry about Licensure? YES! Ask yourself: “How sure am I about my career?” -- “Will it ever change throughout my life?” -- “Can I prove that I am a qualified Geologist?”
Licensure will greatly enhance your future career by keeping all practice doors open and available. Some aspects of the practice of Geology are exempt from Licensure; academic teaching and research, exploration for oil, gas and other minerals, federal government employment and incidental geologic work. BUT providing these services to a Texas public entity, regulator or the public is NOT exempt.
OK, So what't the National Fundamentals of Geology Examination all about? The examination contains 8 Task Domaines: 4 are Basic Geology and 4 are Aplied Geology. The Basic Geology Domaines are General & Field Geology (21%), Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry (11%), Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology (12%) and Structure, Tectonics & Seismology (11%). The Applied Geology Domains are Geomorphology, Surficial processes & Quaternary Geology (13%), Hydrogeology (12%), Engineering Geology (11%) and Economic Geology & Energy Resources (9%).