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Geology – A Career Worthy of Consideration

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We all know that geology is the study of the Earth’s materials, the structure of the materials, and processes acting upon these materials. We also know that a person studying these geological processes are called geologists, but have you ever considered a career as a geologist?

There are a number of colleges and universities worldwide that offer a degree in geology. You can obtain information from the internet or better yet, contact the college or university you are interested in enrolling to see if they do offer geology as part of their curriculum.

Training and Education

A 4-year college degree in geology is required as the minimum training ground. The preparatory courses include math, writing, science, computers, communication, and geography.

For entry level employment, a bachelor’s degree would suffice; however, earning a higher level of training with a specialized field of study such as volcanology, mineralogy, paleontology, or hydrology is highly recommended.

Employment Opportunities

As I’ve already mentioned, you only need a bachelor’s degree to gain entry level employment status. If you are looking to advance yourself into a higher position such as supervisor, researcher, or even a college or university teacher, you would need to earn either a master’s or doctorate degree.

The opportunity for employment is quite good for geology degree holders particularly if you have good grades and great academic background. The willingness to move to another location where work is available is always a plus.

Future Outlook for Employment

The wide scope of specialization for geologists gives them a wide employment opportunity in the future. The industry has even predicted that the number of available jobs for geologists would soon exceed the number of geology graduates.

With a salary ranging from about $60,000 to $100,000 or more per year, isn’t geology a great career to consider?

The Decline of Education Major Students in the USA

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Teachers have always played a major role in the education system since they are an influential and essential factor to student learning. However, recent studies have shown that there is a major decline in high school students choosing education as a college major.

In a 2017 survey by American College Testing (ACT), the top 10 intended majors by high school students shows health science, business, and engineering majors ranking in the top 3 slots. On the other hand, only 5% of the surveyed high school student population showed preference for education.

Here are the probable reasons why:

Salary

Let’s face it, a teacher’s wage sometimes isn’t enough to cover their entire cost of living for a month. In fact, a more recent study by ACT shows that the salary for a teaching position has continuously decreased in some states.

About two-thirds of the surveyed high school population cited beginning salary as the main reason why they won’t go into the teaching profession. Alternatively, if better pay rates were offered for beginning teachers, only then would they be interested in becoming an education major.

Job Security

In 2009, the policy of the U.S. federal government shifted from high quality classification of all certified teachers to incentive type where student academic achievement is accounted for during evaluation at the end of the school year.

The new evaluation system and changes in policy for job tenure are most often than not one of the reasons why students veer away from taking an education major.

Job Satisfaction

A happy employee equals a satisfied employee which equates to the employee’s desire to stay working in their current position. This also holds true for teachers.

Major budget cuts in some educational institutions have resulted in a lower number of satisfied teachers compared to schools where the budget was either increased or retained.

At the end of the day, we have to admit that there is definitely a need for the U.S. government to review their policy for teachers if they wish to entice high school students in considering teaching as a profession.

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2018 Top 5 Blogs on American History

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America’s history has always been filled with a kaleidoscope of events that helped shape what the country is now. With more than a hundred blogs about American history, it could be a bit difficult to sort out the best ones to bookmark on your browser.

Here are my top 5 choices in no particular order:

National Museum of American History

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Created and maintained by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The blog covers about 19 categories including business history, food history, and Latino history and culture to name a few.

HistoryNetHistoryNet

Created and maintained by World History Group. It features photo galleries and more than 5,000 articles that were originally published in their 9 history magazines. With more than 80 posts per week, history enthusiasts will definitely have their fill on a daily basis.

Teaching American History

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Created and maintained by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. The blog is unique in that it focuses more on providing resources for teachers of American history. It has 50 core documents about American History that are categorized by time period.

Process: A Blog for American History

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A combined effort blog from the Organization of American Historians, The American Historian, and The Journal of American History.The blog aims to empower both the general reader and professional historians with a better understanding and comprehension of American history.

American Civil War

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Created and maintained by the American Civil War Museum. It aims to provide the reader with knowledge about American Civil War with more than 30 blog categories. The most unique feature for this blog would be the #AskACWM category where they provide a detailed response to questions sent by the reader via twitter.

Do you agree with my top 5 choices for the best American history blogs of 2018 or do you have your own list?