Careers in Geosciences

Science Graduates are in Demand

Every year, the demand for science graduates continues to grow. Dozens of industries are experiencing rapid growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs.

Geosciences, the study of the Earth, has a wide variety of career opportunities, and geoscientists specialize in different areas and study different aspects of the earth. Most jobs require a combination of field, laboratory and office work.

Watch this exciting video about why geologists are needed, now more than ever, and what their work is all about. Earth is calling....will you answer?

Cindy Gothberg, a Geologist at TerraTek/Schlumberger in Salt Lake City and Alumna of WSU Geosciences Department (Applied Environmental Geosciences, Class of 2003) shares her story.

Here are just a few of the careers available with a geosciences degree.

Environmental geologists/scientists use their knowledge of geologic processes to protect and restore the quality of Earth's surface environments.

Mineral Resource/Mining geologists use their knowledge of ore deposits to explore for valuable minerals and rocks.

Hydrogeologists  study the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of subsurface water.

Petroleum geologists explore the subsurface for oil and natural gas.

Engineering geologists use their knowledge of geology in the construction of roads, dams, and buildings.

Geophysicists study Earth's interior using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods.

Sedimentologists study the origin and deposition of sediments and the changes involved in their conversion to sedimentary rocks.

Petrologists investigate the composition of rocks and their origin.

Volcanologistsinvestigate the origin of volcanic rocks and the life cycles of volcanoes.


Geosciences Salary

The median annual wage of geoscientists was $90,980 in May 2012. That works out to be $43.75 per hour. Check out the occupational handbook for more information on the job outlook for geoscientists.

Geosciences related industries

Private Companies and Corporations
Petroleum and natural gas companies, mining companies, engineering and environmental consulting firms, and independent research laboratories.

Government Agencies

Local, state, and federal agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, state water control boards, and state geological surveys.

Educational institutions

High schools, colleges, universities, and museums.

Learn more

American Geological Institute

Earth Science World


Association of Women Geoscientists