What I Love About My Job

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)? We asked a handful of our scientists what they love about their jobs. Here's what they had to say about that...


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Jacbob Massey, USGS, Visual Information Specialist, jmassey@usgs.gov


What I love about my job is that I get to pursue my passion for wildlife conservation through my research – and I get to work with other dedicated scientists who share that passion. I really believe our work makes a difference, and that’s a great feeling. 

My name is Phil Dawson. I'm a geophysicist at the California Volcano Observatory. Did you know that scientific surveys indicate 90% of all kids love dinosaurs and hot lava? I love my job because I get to study volcanoes and occasionally see hot lava. I guess that means I never grew up. 

Hi, my name is Liz Westby an I'm a geologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA. You might think volcanoes are fascinating but actually the people who work on them are fascinating too. And I love my job because I get to work together with people who are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do. We work really well together as a team and that's what it takes to monitor volcanoes - to understand what's going on beneath the volcano, the types of hazards that are possible when a volcano reawakens, and to communicate those hazards to people who might be impacted by the next eruption. So, we work really well together. I love my team. 

Hi I'm Chris Soulard, and I'm a research geographer. And I love being a detective. Like any adventure or mystery, science requires you to gather evidence to service as clues to how the natural world works. 

Hi, I'm Suzanna Soileau, outreach coordinator for the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area and what I love about my job is I'm doing something new every day. I could be talking about bees or bears. It's always new and that's why I love being a science communicator. 

Hi, my name is Lauren Adoram-Kershner and I work as an IT specialist slash developer at the Astrogeology Science Center and my favorite part of my job is that every day I get to look at images of Mars or the Moon, sometimes both in the same day and I get to try to stitch them together using mathematics and different kinds of software and to me it’s just like the world’s hardest and most fun puzzle. 

Hi, my name is Richard Nunn. There are a lot of things I love about my job as a curator at the Ice core Facility, but perhaps my favorite is meeting all of the brilliant scientists within the ice core community and getting to travel to such remote and amazing places such as Greenland and Antarctica. 


Hi. My name is Rebecca Kramer and I’m a geophysicist in Vancouver, Washington. I help monitor volcanoes and one of the things that I love about my job is that I feel like I’m really making a difference because I help provide information that can keep people safe.