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Geology — Science or Profession?: Abstract
In view of authoritative definitions of the term "profession" the vast majority of geologists appear to be working in one of the professional aspects of geologic science and not as independent scientists. As professional workers these geologists do have unique professional obligations and responsibilities. These are classified as:
1. Responsibilities to Client and Employer.
2. Responsibilities to Fellow Geologists.
3. Responsibilities to the Geologic Profession.
4. Responsibilities to the Public.
5. Responsibilities to our Government.
Appraisal of each of these classes of professional obligations and a review of how as a profession geologists are meeting these charges show a distinct need for acceptance of further professional responsibility to the geologic profession and to the public. Without much needed development in these quarters proper balance between employment opportunities and available properly trained geologist cannot be attained. Neither can the public be assured of receiving ethical and qualified professional geologic counsel when needed unless the profession directs the establishment of some system of certification of professional ability. Geologists are urged as individuals to assess the needs for professional development and to face the responsibilities which accompany desired professional status. The rightful activities of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists should be broadened to include professional development unless the majority of all geologists agree promptly on plans for a purely professional geologic organization to discharge these obligations.
Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes
1 Frontier Refining Company, President of the AAPG
Copyright © 2006 by the Tulsa Geological Society