It is 2012 and the LLR in South Carolina has issued their annual report. In an effort to cut cost, what better program to kill than one that pays for itself like the Geology Licensure Board. So what is their reason? Read Below:
“Experience shows consumers rarely rely on licensure in selecting a geologist. The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) maintains a licensee look up feature on its website so the public can easily check the credentials of regulated professions. In 2011, only 1,501 general searches were performed for geologists – the least of any profession or occupation licensed by LLR. Like a number of other professions, Geologists typically work for sophisticated or institutional clients capable of safeguarding their own interests without reference to licensure or government intervention, as underscored by the complete absence of meaningful discipline meted out by the Board of Registration. The vast majority of geologists are employed by firms, government, or extraction companies. In fact, almost ¼ of geologists work for the government. Many geologists earn PhD or master’s degrees; almost 70% of new PhDs are employed in academia and 46% of new master’s graduates work in academia or government. Less that 2.4 percent of geoscientists are self-employed.” ” With alternatives like certification readily available, deregulation of Geology can be accomplished without threatening the health, safety, and welfare of the public or diminishing consumers ability to discern between competing professionals.”
The report was sent to Gov. Nikki Haley and signed by Catherine Templeton. If you read the whole report you will grow to understand that Geologists do not protect the public any more than barbers who are also not in need of regulation. Let Governor Haley and Ms. Templeton know what you think.
Brian E Chew Sr. P.G.