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need mentoring from older geologists more now than at any other time in our profession’s history. Our universities need to focus on teaching the practical skills needed for the average geosci- entist. I don’t mean to devalue purely academic pursuits, but there should be recognition that most graduates will not remain in academia and that there is a significant demand for the “nuts and bolts” geologist. In 2016, our universities graduated 5,787 students (all degrees). If this number continues, I would suggest that the job prospects for newly minted geologists will be excellent.

Of course, the job market for sub- disciplines of geology varies. Significant

budget cuts in government agencies have caused a decline in positions for geolo- gists in recent years. Similarly, jobs for geologists in some extractive industries such as coal and oil are influenced by market forces that are hard to pre- dict. Other disciplines including water resources, metals mining, and geological engineering have been on the upswing. The geologic profession in not monolithic – there are many variations in markets for geological services.

As I mentioned previously, our rela- tively few numbers have made it more difficult to communicate with politicians and the general public. Our message is harder to convey and be understood and

that makes it difficult to explain the importance of geologists in our society. I believe this is one of the issues that have influenced the effort in some states to de-regulate geologists. Organizations like AIPG and AGI can and should take the lead on conveying our message to legislators and the public. Separately, geologists need to reach out to their leg- islators and explain what we do. AIPG state sections are well placed to take an active role in this line of communication.

Finally, if you are a student reading this, my advice to you is to be flexible, patient, and persistent in your job search after you graduate. The jobs are out there – or will be soon!

AIPG Attends EFG Meeting in Çesme, Izmir, Turkey

Doug Bartlett (National AIPG President) and Aaron Johnson (AIPG Executive Director) attended the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) meeting held from May 14 to 20, 2018, in Çesme, Izmir, Turkey. The conference was titled “Epithermal Gold Deposits of Western Anatolia, Turkey” and included two field trips and a day of talks regarding Turkey’s gold mining industry.

One of the field trips went to the Biga Peninsula and included a visit to several epithermal gold deposits, and a trip to the ancient ruins of Troy and Pergamon. The second field trip was to the Efemcukuru Gold mine near Izmir where several attendees including Mr. Bartlett were given an underground tour of this state-of-the-art mining operation. EFG members also met to discuss various issues relevant to the EFG and the profession of geology.

Mr. Johnson participated in a panel discussion regarding challenges and opportunities for the future of gold mining in Turkey and Mr. Bartlett gave EFG members a brief overview of issues of importance to AIPG. Of note, the EFG is adopting aspects of AIPG’s continuing professional development model. The conference was attended by about 40 geologists from all over Europe.

Aaron Johnson participates in the panel discussion about the future opportunities and challenges of gold mining

Doug Bartlett gives EFG members an update on AIPG’s activities.

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Gold nugget.

Izmir, Turkey is located in far western Turkey. Map source:

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