The practice of geology intersects many parts of society, and decisions by geologists can impact the public’s health, safety, and economic well-being. The advice and expertise of professional geologists ensure that development can proceed with minimal impacts to public health, the environment, and with expectation of economic feasibily. The licensing and registration of professional geologists protects society by ensuring unqualified individuals do not present unnecessary risks to life, environment, property, or economic development.
You do not need a license to be employed as a geologist or environmental profession, but with a license, you open up far more opportunties to practice and to be protected by validating your experise.
The licensure of geologists in the United States is a state-level process, and this website provides insights into the requirements for licensure and the legislative context and oversight of these registration processes.
States that currently offer geologist licensing or recognition of professional certification
Frequently Asked Questions about Licensing and Certification of Geologists