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Best for early career: Mining vs Geological vs Civil Engineering?

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Best for early career: Mining vs Geological vs Civil Engineering?

What field is best for a prospective engineering student who wants to get a good job?
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Feb 15, 2012
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i feel like mining and geological gets sent to middle of no where, but can make more
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Jul 7, 2013
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Depends what you consider is "good". Like above is money is all you care for I suppose mining is better for middle of nowhere. But if you want to work for the government in a populated city, civil has a much better chance
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Wife is currently a Geologist. Focuses on gold
Makes a great salary for us ~70K.

Only thing is that her rotation is 15 days out 13 days home.

Very tough!

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redflagdealsnewb wrote: What field is best for a prospective engineering student who wants to get a good job?
Mining seems to finally be picking back up after being in the doldrums for several years. May be a good play if you can get good experience during your degree. Regardless of what you choose, there isn't a shortage of workers/applicants for any discipline.
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XxXSnake23XxX wrote: Wife is currently a Geologist. Focuses on gold
Makes a great salary for us ~70K.

Only thing is that her rotation is 15 days out 13 days home.

Very tough!

Rare earth is where it is at right now!
A 2x2 rotation is the best. My summer jobs in university were that, and I wish I still had that! 6.5+ months off a year is hard to beat!
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I had a geophysicist live next door to me in college. He graduated just as the industry was collapsing in the md 1990s, and basically had to go back and do another degree. Its a notoriously cyclical profession, geological and mining. Like most kinds of engineering in Canada, you need to be prepared for the significant probability that your discipline of choice will be in a severe downturn that can last for years and may permanently exclude you.
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Nov 22, 2017
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I would go for civil more broad discipline. Then you can always do a masters or narrow it down more through work experience. You do not want to pigeon hole yourself from the beginning. That goes for other engineering students as well. Unless of course mining/geology is a true passion. You have to be an adventurous/outdoor person who doesn't mind to go in the bush for weeks at a time working 12 hour shifts and living in camps. Is that something you can see yourself doing?

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