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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 21 Engineering Geologist

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This is the fourth instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the engineering geologist.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavour to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

What does an engineering geologist do?

The job of the engineering geologist is to straddle the areas of engineering, geology and public health. They understand and advise on potential geological hazards and so work primarily within the construction / civil engineering field.

As an engineering geologist you would:

  • Collect and collate data and produce reports and to advise on development site choice / suitability. This will include field investigations.
  • Visit development sites and oversee progress.
  • Manage other engineering staff, including geologists.

How do you become an engineering geologist?

The role of engineering geologist is one that does require you to have a degree; if not in one of the following subjects then in another STEM field such as Applied Sciences.

  • geophysics
  • engineering geology and geotechnics
  • geology
  • mining engineering.

The Geological Society accredits some degree courses and these degree will normally qualify you for membership of the society after you have gained some experience.

Gaining chartered geologist (CGeol) status is something that you would want to do and to do this you need to be a Fellow, meet required competencies and attend a validation interview.

Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £25,000 at with experience can rise to £40,000 to £50,000

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About Lynette Daly

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