Geology graduate shortage forces employers to dig deep

Monday, March 17, 2008

Employers in the mining industry are digging for geology grads as the demand for skilled employees continues to grow, the Globe and Mail reported on Monday.  Ryan Montpellier, executive director of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), described the situation in the Globe and Mail article, stating that only 1,200 geology students will graduate this year, yet the mining industry in Canada has 9,000 positions to fill. 

From March 2-5, 64 Carleton students attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto. Students had the opportunity to attended lectures pertaining to different aspects of geology and meet with a mix of geoscientists, entrepreneurs, investors and businesses representing all aspects of the mineral industry.  Many students either had pre-arranged interviews or were able to set up interviews while at the conferences, allowing them to meet face to face with potential employers.

The Ottawa-Carleton University Society of Economic Geologists (OCUSEG) student chapter recently hosted a two-day career event. Eleven organizations attended and interviewed nearly 100 students, with some students receiving more than one job offer.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences program at Carleton University interact with award-winning faculty members, gain hands-on experience through a second-year field camp and fourth-year trips to exotic locations to observe famous geological features first-hand.