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Old 05-13-08, 01:59 PM   #1
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More jobs than I know what to do with

I have more jobs and job offers right now than I know what to do with! And yes, I am in the United States

I am a non-trad undergrad student, I will graduate in May 2009 with a BS in geology, and a few GIS classes.

Right now I have a p/t intern job at the local Bureau of Land Management office doing GIS work. It's a job that I get paid through the college, so I'm not really a BLM employee. The pay is modest ($9/hr, no benefits) but the work is easy, the folks are nice, and the hours are very flexible. It's a low-key environment to learn more GIS. This job can continue until I graduate. It's a 3 mile bike ride to work there.

I also have a 6 week p/t intern job this summer with the Colorado Geological Survey as a field asistant mapping a quadrangle. $13/hr, no benefits, but great fun for a geology student who likes field work. Also great networking with geologists who work for the state of Colorado. I'm not passing on this job, everything else will have to work around it for a while!

The Bureau of Reclamation is looking to hire a GIS/Geographer at the local office. (Also within easy biking distance) They came to the campus and only a few students took interest. I gave them my brief resume and said I'd be looking for a f/t job when I graduate, but they just called me, and when I didn't return the call right away, they emailed me. It's a f/t job, but they might be interested in hiring me for a SCEP position while I'm in school, to later move to a GS-11 position.

I like to complain about the gov't, but a Dept of the Interior agency job looks like great benefits and job security. I'm not looking for big money. I like living the frugal life.

I'm 40, but I never had anything more than a dead end job. Now that I have (nearly) a BS degree, I have all these great "real job" opportunities and I'm not sure how to handle it all or how to choose.

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Congrats on your problem, I have alerted the government and they have promised to take all you money.

If you every get tried of living in beautiful state of Colorado, there are plenty of Geo jobs in Texas.

What school are you graduating from?
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First of all congrats! I hang out w/ GIS people from time to time.

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It's a f/t job, but they might be interested in hiring me for a SCEP position while I'm in school, to later move to a GS-11 position.
Is that a um what do they call it term vs permanent position after you graduate? I had a couple friends on SCEP (I think it was; they had gov't gigs, then went part time to go to school then resumed their gigs in new positions) in grad school. Sweet deal while in school relative to a typical grad assistantship.

The only advice I can think of is to keep branching out your database skillz, don't just stick to the layering maps thing (unless you are a born cartographer). Good to be flexible should other needs arise either within your employer or within your own needs for job options.
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I'm graduating from Mesa Sate College in Grand Junction, CO.

There are plenty of oil & gas industry jobs here that would threaten to send me to Houston. eek!
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I got my B.S. in Geology in '95. You have one of the hottest science degrees around today. the reason being is that there are a whole lot of people holding Geology positions right now that are on the verge of retirement.
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The only advice I can think of is to keep branching out your database skillz, don't just stick to the layering maps thing (unless you are a born cartographer). Good to be flexible should other needs arise either within your employer or within your own needs for job options.
I've only been doing GIS stuff for a few months. I just completed my Intro GIS class. I'm doing it more from the cartography end right now, I really don't want to be an IT person. The BLM job has been a good opportunity to learn it without going insane.
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Got it. Hey have you read Encounters With The Archdruid by John McPhee? There's a geologist chapter in there.

My wife's cousin is a cartographer for the British north sea oil rigs. I guess he does underwater maps? Interesting stuff.
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Got it. Hey have you read Encounters With The Archdruid by John McPhee? There's a geologist chapter in there.

My wife's cousin is a cartographer for the British north sea oil rigs. I guess he does underwater maps? Interesting stuff.
Anything written by McPhee is pretty good.
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I got my B.S. in Geology in '95. You have one of the hottest science degrees around today. the reason being is that there are a whole lot of people holding Geology positions right now that are on the verge of retirement.
Agreed, all the Geologists in my department are approaching or in retirement. Pity, we'll be the department of environmental sciences except geology soon. I've got to learn GIS before I graduate
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That is a great degree to have. My neighbor just retired at the beginning of the year as a geologist for the BLM. He was looking forward to retirement until being approached by a few petroleum companies offering very lucrative contract jobs. In just 6 months, he can double what his annual government salary was. He's probably going to do it.
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Got it. Hey have you read Encounters With The Archdruid by John McPhee? There's a geologist chapter in there.
I am currently re-re-reading Annals of the Former World by John McPhee. It's four books in one: In Suspect Terrain, Rising From the Plains, Basin and Range and Assembling California. It's great "light reading" for geologists.
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I've got to learn GIS before I graduate
At least try to take a couple of GIS classes. I'm declared as a GIS minor, but I'm not planning on completing the minor. I took Cartography, Intro GIS and Remote Sensing. I'm going to take "GPS for GIS" next fall. I'm not taking Advanced GIS or Geodatabase Design.

So far I don't seem to have any problems finding work even with the small amount of experience I have.
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We only have 1 GIS class at UVA... but one of my friends is teaching the summer class so I will be able to audit it and just do the lab work.
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Same situation in WV - there's a geologist shortage!!
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My GF is getting her Masters in Geography right now. It really seams to be more like an IT degree. If your going to do GIS you ought not be afraid of IT because it's totally wrapped up in it.
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Congrats and you live in one of the best places in Colorado. Close to Fruita and all the trails there. Well if you like mtb riding

Not sure what to tell you. Your lucky and take your time!
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i dont know how you work and go to school at the same time. when i'm doing what i'm supposed to school is a 50 hour a week thing for me. :/


get me a job. should have a BA in fall.
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