Geotechnical engineering and engineering geology graduates are numerate, IT literate, articulate, work well in teams or independently and are able to deal with difficult operational conditions as a result of their field and site work experience.
This range of transferable skills makes them very attractive employees, and not just in the engineering industry.
The ground engineering profession needs to be aware that the Association of Graduate Recruiters reports average starting salaries for graduates are likely to rise to £23,000 this summer (The Independent, 7 February 2006).
These are the levels industry is going to have to match if it is not to lose its best ground engineering graduates to the computing, legal, media or financial sectors.
Professor James S Griffiths, engineering geologist/ geomorphologist, School of Earth, Ocean & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth