Colleges employ geologists to undertake research leading to published papers, and to teach students. Roles usually include a mixture of the two but the proportions of research and teaching vary.
Steps to take:
- Undertake PhD or MS
- Publish your work! Try to get your undergraduate or postgraduate dissertations published as abstracts (short summary documents) for conferences – these are probably the easiest way to get published early on. During your PhD/MS, try to publish papers with your supervisor about the project. This will enhance your chances in finding post-doctoral placements and lecturing positions at colleges.
- Look for research groups whose investigations particularly interest you. They advertise projects related to their research interests. Being part of a research group can also help get work published.
- Show you have enthusiasm for research, such as helping as a research assistant during a summer vacation.