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“What Do You Do?” Week: Kaitlin, Geologist

This week, we’re spending a little time learning all about you and the awesome and unexpectedly cool jobs you do. Each one of these profiles was culled from you, dear Frisky readers, and we’re amazed by the incredible jobs you have. This is our attempt to learn more about what you do for a living.

After the jump, read all about Frisky reader Kaitlin’s “dirty” job as a geologist.Kaitlin, 23, Staff Geologist

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Your Average Day: An average day at my job can be pretty typical or quite unique. One day I can be analyzing groundwater flow maps or bedrock maps in the office, and the next day I can be observing a several ton drill rig drilling down 800 feet to build a public water supply well.

The Best Part Of Your Job: The best part of my job is the changing environment and the time I get to spend outside doing what I love. Helping to clean up our environment is a major plus as well.

The Worst Part Of Your Job: The worst part of my job would have to be working outside in 10 degree weather and the fact that on some projects it can be Murphy’s Law; what can go wrong will go wrong.

The Most Surprising Thing About Your Job: I am the only female field geologist in my office, I can work outside up to 70 hours a week, there is a lot of physical labor involved, and it is amazing how many places in the country need to have contamination cleaned up.

The Crazy Stuff? Let’s just say I am 5’4″, drive a serial killer work van, and people just like to talk to me when it’s clear I do not wish to speak to them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked questions like “What are ya fishing for?” or “Did you steal that van?” My favorites have been a guy asking me about UFOs and how 80-year-old men say, “You look like a hard worker not afraid to get your hands dirty. I’d like to make you my wife!” Um…no. I’m all set, thanks.

If You Weren’t Doing This Job, What Other Paths Might You Pursue? I would secretly love to be a wildlife photographer for something like National Geographic.

Does What You Went to School For Have Any Relationship To What You Now Do? It’s exactly what I went to school for. I have a double bachelor’s degree in environmental science and geology and I use them both everyday. It feels so rewarding to know I can put my education to good use.

Any Advice For Someone Interested In Getting Into Your Field? Follow your gut and do what you love. It’s not the easiest field for women, but try your best and never give up. You may need to do things a little differently, but in the end you are capable of anything you can dream of.

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