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1 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 1 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS In the Geosciences.

2 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 2 "THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS UPON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES“ William J. Siok, CPG, American Institute of Professional Geologists, 1400 W 122nd Avenue, Suite 250, Westminster, Colorado 80234, Dear Colleagues: Please accept my apologies for not presenting these slides personally. I had expected to orally enhance this information with a few anecdotes and personal observations relating to credentials and their significance to individual practitioners through the USA, Canada, and Europe. If you have any questions about the content of these slides, please drop me a line and I’ll attempt to satisfactorily respond. Thank you and best wishes, Bill Siok

3 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 3 Data indicate that a majority of practicing geoscientists hold a Masters degree. Statistics and anecdotal evidence show that advanced degrees, continuing education activities, and other credentials actually enhance career prospects for the practitioner. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS

4 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 4 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Earth Science degrees awarded in 2004: BS 3170, MS 684, Doctorate 420. (NSF Stats.) Earth Science degrees awarded in 2004: BS 3170, MS 684, Doctorate 420. (NSF Stats.) AIPG Membership in 2007: BS 47%, MS 43%, PhD 10%. AIPG Membership in 2007: BS 47%, MS 43%, PhD 10%. AEG Membership: AEG Membership: Degree as Credential

5 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 5 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Degree as Credential The degree level as credential affects career latitude. MS/MA……..Non-academic Career PhD…Academic & Research Careers

6 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 6 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Employed geoscientists 2006, 101,000. (US Dept. of Labor) Employed geoscientists 2006, 101,000. (US Dept. of Labor) Employed geoscientists 2006, 152,000. (US Dept. of Labor after re-classification) Employed geoscientists 2006, 152,000. (US Dept. of Labor after re-classification) Geoscience Employment

7 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 7 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Value of Educational Credential vs. Time PAY SCALES ( AAPG 2007 Salary Survey ) PAY SCALES ( AAPG 2007 Salary Survey )

8 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 8 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Value of Educational Credential Value of Educational Credential PAY SCALES (AAPG 2007 Salary Survey) for entry level geologists in the petroleum industry, many of whom have advanced degrees.

9 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 9 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Value of Educational Credential (AGU Report Earth & Space Science PhDs, Class of 2003)

10 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 10 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Value of educational credential PAY SCALES for Mining & Environmental Geologist ( )* ► Entry Level$36,699 to 46,658. ► Senior Level$66,594 to 114,189. ► Env. Services $48,183 to 99, 721. Coordinator *as of July 2007.

11 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 11 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Licensure as a credential Licensure as a credential Educational Requirements for Licensure. -All states with licensure: Bachelor degree specified. -New York state: Master degree proposed.

12 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 12 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Licensure as a credential Registration is a credential, a legal instrument of government which: 1.Grants a privilege to practice. 2.Is intended to “protect the public health and welfare”. 3. Is required in order to practice.

13 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 13 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Licensure as a credential Licensure as a credentialRegistration 1. Is considered by some practitioners to be a restraint of trade. 2.Minimizes competition. 3.Offers protection of livelihood for the registrant. 4.Is legal professional standing.

14 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 14 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS (AGU Report Earth & Space Science PhDs, Class of 2003) Society membership as a credential Is professional society membership a factor in selecting and evaluating career opportunities?

15 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 15 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Continuing Education as a credential Does continuing education affect career choices? Four States require continuing professional development (CPD) to retain license. Four States require continuing professional development (CPD) to retain license. AIPG requires CPD for retention of the credential Certified Professional Geologist. AIPG requires CPD for retention of the credential Certified Professional Geologist. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) requires CPD to retain title European Geologist. The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) requires CPD to retain title European Geologist.

16 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 16 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Components of a well-rounded professional’s credentials: - Registration. -Certification. -Continuing Professional Development. -Advocacy activities. -Mentoring. -Ethical Reputation.

17 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 17 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS General skills which enhance credential value: -Computer Applications. -Technology in General. -General Knowledge (governance, economics, law). -Information Systems Access.

18 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 18 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS A requirement of credential validity, maintaining skills by: -Reading Journals. -Using the Internet. -Formally Speaking to Peers and Public Groups. -Practicing Competence. -Publishing.

19 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 19 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Skills essential to credential validity: -Technical Competency. -Financial Management. -Project Management.

20 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 20 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Credential validity overall is enhanced by learning to: -Teach. -Develop & Balance Budgets. -Think on Your Feet. -Write and Speak Clearly. -Write Professional Articles. -Write Proposals. -Collect invoices due. -Train/Mentor Others. -Negotiate.-Supervise.-Hire. -Report regularly. -Testify. -Represent Others. -Do Field Work. -Defend Your Work.

21 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 21 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Credentials are also perceived more favorably by: -Appropriate professional comportment. -Reading the literature to maintain technical, regulatory, professional currency. -Staying active in professional associations. -Consciously representing the entire profession.

22 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 22 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Some typical career paths of credentialed geoscientists: -Geology (geotechnical, minerals, energy, academe, hydrogeology, etc.). -Education. (non-geoscience) -Business. (management, ownership, other) -Law.-Engineering.-Finance. -Risk Management

23 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 23 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Factors affecting attainment of credentials: -Employer defined position requirements. -Legislative and regulatory requirements. -Inter-jurisdictional mobility options and requirements. -Inter-society (professional) agreements. -Personal obligations and responsibilities. -Extra-curricular activities.

24 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 24 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Factors which may impact attainment of credentials: -Type of employer. Some require licensure, minimal educational achievement, or other. -Time. Earning advanced degree requires that time be taken from other pursuits. -Finances. Earning an advanced degree is sometime limited by personal financial circumstances. -Inter-jurisdictional mobility options and requirements. -Personal obligations and responsibilities. -Extra-curricular interests. -Serendipity.

25 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 25 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Summation: The information presented here is not conclusive by any means, but it demonstrates that numerous factors contribute to the concept of credential. A credential is not only an objective standard which must be met (i.e. degree or license requirements), but also connotes achievement of non-required standards (i.e. advanced education, licensure when it is not mandatory, etc.) as well as subjective factors such as personal responsibilities to family, church, community, etc. It is incumbent upon all professionals to view official credentials as important, but not the sole or total measure of a professional geoscientist’s abilities, competence, or standing within the professional community.

26 September 28, 2007 AEG 50th Anniversary Meeting 26 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CREDENTIALS Thank you.


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