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Professional Geologist


Section 7204-a of the Education Law defines the practice of the profession of geology as performing professional service such as researching, investigating, consulting and geological mapping, describing the natural processes that act upon the earth's materials, predicting the probable occurrence of natural resources, predicting and locating natural or human-induced phenomena which may be useful or hazardous to humankind and recognizing, determining and evaluating geological factors, and the inspection and performance of geological work and the responsible supervision thereof in furtherance of the health, safety and welfare of the public; provided, however, that geological mapping must not include the practice of land surveying as defined in section 7203 of the Education Law.

License Requirements

Any use of the title "Professional Geologist" or provision of geological services within New York State requires licensure, except in certain "exempt" settings. These settings are detailed in Section 7208-a of the Education Law.

To be licensed as a professional geologist in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination and experience requirements.
  • submit an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $430.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018, there were 527 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 54 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 20 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 689 active licenses for this occupation.

Certification Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying & Geology
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 140 (voice)
Fax: 518-473-6282
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/5/21.

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