Jahns/ EngGeolCareerPath/

Two portraits of Dick Jahns and information about the Jahns Lecture Series for 2022-2023

A path from "rocks for jocks" to a career in engineering geology


This talk will explain how a person might develop their interest in engineering geology in school, apprentice with a licensed engineering geologist, pass the FG and PG exams, and contribute to society as a professional geologist. It will provide an answer to the question "what is engineering geology," by considering some of the geological problems that engineering geologists are involved with (e.g., a myriad of water-related issues, coastal and fluvial erosion/deposition, characterization of active faults, forensic geology, dam siting, work on roads and foundations and pre-development site investigations, et cetera). It will highlight the idea that engineering geologists have established communities (AEG, GSA-EEGD, AIPG, SIPES) that provide networking opportunities, continuing education, and support for their members.

Dr. Cronin will also emphasize the universal utility of environmental and engineering geology. That is, a person with strong family ties to a given place is likely to be able to work as an engineering geoscientist in or near that place. Or, if they feel that job-related travel/relocation is an attractive aspect of career, they can work as an engineering geologist almost anywhere including internationally.

Professional Association Homepages

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) homepage:

American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) homepage:

Geological Society of America, Environmental & Engineering Geology Division (GSA-EEGD) homepage:

International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) homepage:

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) homepage:

National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) homepage:

Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) homepage:

Some State Geology Licensure Standards

Arizona State Board of Technical Registration homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for Arizona:

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for California:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation:
ASBOG summary sheet for Illinois:

Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists:
ASBOG summary sheet for Indiana:

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions – Geology:
ASBOG summary sheet for Kansas:

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals:
ASBOG summary sheet for Massachusetts:

Michigan Geological Survey:
ASBOG summary sheet for Michigan:

Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Board of Geologist Registration:
ASBOG summary sheet for Missouri:

New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for New Jersey:

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions
Governing law: Article 145, Professional Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology:
ASBOG summary sheet for New York:

North Carolina Board for Licensing of Geologists:
ASBOG summary sheet for North Carolina:

Oregon State Board of Geologist Examiners homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for Oregon:

Pennsylvania Department of State, Professional Licensing homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for Pennsylvania:

South Carolina Board of Registration for Geologists:
ASBOG summary sheet for South Carolina:

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists:
ASBOG summary sheet for Texas:

Washington State Department of Licensing for Geologists homepage:
ASBOG summary sheet for Washington:

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training

OSHA HAZWOPER general information page:

OSHA information about HAZWOPER training (FAQs):

OSHA Training Institute Education Centers:


Also see the references on the Jahns Geoethics and AEG-Geoethics webpages

AGI, 2019, Geologist-In-Training Certification in the United States, 2019: American Geosciences Institute, Geoscience Currents, accessible via

ASBOG, 2017, The Professional Geologist Model Licensure Law, accessible via

ASBOG, 2018, Geology Registration Standards (July 2018), accessible via

Cronin, V.S., 2021, Geoethics as a common thread that can bind a geoscience department together, in Di Capua, G., [editor], Geoethics — Status and Future Perspectives: Geological Society of London Special Publication SP508, p. 55-65

Luino, F., and De Graff, J.V., 2012, The Stava mudflow of 19 July 1985 (Northern Italy) -- a disaster that effective regulation might have prevented: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, v. 12, p. 1029-1044, accessible via

Shuirman, G., and Slosson, J.E., 1992, Forensic Engineering -- Environmental Case Histories for Civil Engineers and Geologists: San Diego, Academic Press, 296 p.

Slosson, J.E., Williams, J.W., and Cronin, V.S., 1991, Current and future difficulties in the practice of engineering geology: Engineering Geology, v. 30, p. 3-12

Tepel, R.E., 1995, Professional Licensure for Geologists, An Exporation of Issues: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Special Publication No. 7, 135 p., accessible via

Warner, J.L., 2015, Task Analysis Survey 2015 -- A Study of the Practice of Geology in the United States and Canada: ASBOG, 22 p., accessible via

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