Fact Sheet – Geoscientist

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Geoscientist
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
2113 Geoscientist* (Open NOC 2113; See “View all Titles”)
*See also Geological Engineer (NOC 2144). Details in Fact Sheet for Engineers


Regulated titles:

  • Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.)
  • Geoscience intern

National body:

  • Geoscientists Canada is the national organization of the 9 provincial and territorial regulatory bodies that govern Canada’s professional geoscientists and geoscientists-in-training. Geoscientists Canada is not a regulatory body.

Application process (for professional registration):

  • See EGM Member Registration – Internationally Educated Professionals
  • See EGM Assessment Application Process – Licensing Flowchart for International Educated Professionals (pdf). Please note: The flowchart begins at Step 2.  Step 1, Graduate from University, has been omitted.  Step 1 applies to engineering and geoscience students only.

Academic assessment:

Language proficiency:

 Professional competency profiles:


Essential skills profiles:

Job Bank provides Essential Skills Profiles for over 350 occupations.  Each profile describes how individuals apply the Nine Literacy and Essential Skills in the workplace.  The nine skills are Reading, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking, Digital Technology, and Additional Information.

To search an Essential Skills Profile:

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated geoscientist may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of geology and natural resources. While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
2212 Geological and mineral technologists* and technicians* (Open NOC 2212 see ‘View all titles’)
2231 Other technologists* and technicians* (Open NOC 2231; Click “View all Titles”)
0811 Managers in natural resources production
8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety**
* Some employers may require technicians and technologists to hold certification with the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM)
** Some employers may require specific certification in the field.

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.