Nuclear Regulators Tout Geoscience Careers Online

American Geosciences Institute - October 2012

Young people often don’t realize where Earth science careers might take them. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) employs more than 120 staff members who hold Earth science degrees or work in geoscience-related jobs - and the agency wants students to know about these exciting career opportunities.

In keeping with the Earth Science Week 2012 theme of “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” the NRC is developing a series of brief videos on geoscience careers for the NRC YouTube channel, “NRC Q&A Series: Three Minutes With NRC” (

The first video in the series, posted earlier this month, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Meteorologist” (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb2naxFcnVQ&feature=plcp). The second video, posted this week, is “Three Minutes With an NRC Hydrologist” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGyzn2DQo00&list=SPEA958CAD9D2C854B&index=6&feature=plpp_video). Upcoming videos are tentatively planned to cover structural and field geologists, seismologists and geophysicists, geotechnical engineers, geochemists, hydrogeologists, and other geoscientists.

In addition, the new NRC blog emphasizes the major disciplines of Earth science that are used in overseeing nuclear power - geology, geochemistry, geophysics, seismology, hydrology, engineering geology, marine science, atmospheric science, environmental science, and soil science. To learn more, view the NRC blog (
http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2012/10/16/nrc-earth-scientists-celebrate-earth-science-week-oct-14-20/) and watch the NRC chairman’s video about her experiences as an Earth scientist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-iLTQBidU&list=UU9FZGPhjQXkmcDbFgoomsDw&index=1&feature=plcp).

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