Abstract

The current unemployment among geologists in the U. S. is a temporary situation; control measures ar not necessary. The current over-supply of geologists will shortly be succeeded by a shortage, and exploration will then be handicapped. The trend in employment is toward fewer private, and more government, jobs. Codes of ethics established by professional societies are proper as guides for young geologists, but the geologist's assumption of responsibility should be predicated on his abilities and not be contingent on approval of board or commission. One development of concern to the author is the over-emphasis on job security evident in many young people; such security tends to deaden competitive spirit.

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