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Latest Question

I wanted my love for the environment & desire to fix problems to qualify me to study environmental engineering. It feels like my college is denying me that based on my poor test scores. I feel discouraged.

by Qwynci Bowman from Austin

Is it possible at all the be an engineer when you don't fit the mold of one on paper? I believe I will excel in it but it's extremely hard to transfer to the engineering school at this point. Is it still possible for me to work in this field?

 

Earth resources engineers specialize in the safe and sustainable use of natural resources such as fossil fuels, rocks, minerals, and water. Some work to improve the safety and reduce the impact of mining and drilling operations. Others develop technologies to recycle or dispose of used materials or waste.

Education:

A four-year college degree in science or engineering is preferred to start working in this field. Many Earth Resources Engineers obtain higher, more advanced degrees such as a Masters or PhD.

Some possible job titles/college degrees for earth resources engineers are:

Skills

You might like earth resources engineering, if you:

  • Like rocks and minerals
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Want to understand how to design in harmony with the landscape
  • Enjoy traveling
  • Like to solve puzzles
  • Are interested in climate change or energy or water conservation
  • Enjoy the challenge of helping diverse groups of people to find common ground

Lifestyle:

Although earth resources engineers work in many, very different environments, most jobs have an outdoor component. Some work in remote areas with varying work hours. Many others work mainly in offices with a regular 40-hour work week.

Salary:

The average annual salary for earth resources engineers is about $70,000*

Examples:

  • Devise methods to improve and oversee drilling or mining operations.
  • Work with multiple stakeholders to restore previously damaged environments.
  • Design safe, economical, and environmentally sound underground construction techniques.
  • Create new techniques for processing or recycling earth resources.
  • Design mines.
  • Implement safety programs for companies with a focus on natural resources.

*salary taken from SimplyHired.com

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