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Earth Science Careers

agi_collageStudents who graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in earth sciences are qualified for employment in a wide range of careers, including resource management, geotechnical and environmental consulting, urban and rural planning, petroleum and mining industries, state and federal agencies such as the USGS, USFS, NOAA, EPA, and DEQ, teaching in K-12 schools (with additional teaching certificate), and as laboratory technicians, professional geologists, geophysicists, or geochemists. The current climate is very good for employment in the earth sciences (see links below). A degree in Earth or Environmental Science equips students with skills in critical thinking and problem solving, quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, team work, and collaboration, all of which area highly valued in today’s geoscience job market. The average starting salary offered to recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in geoscience was $40,786 in July 2007 (National Association of Colleges and Employers). Below we provide links to some useful geoscience career websites.

According to USA Today (June 2019) graduates from Geoscience majors “among the least likely to be unemployed and some of the best-paid college graduates.”

For suggestions on how to get the most out of your education and launch your career, see the American Geosciences Institute’s “Career Compass” website.


Undergraduate Internships and Research Opportunites
SCEC Summer Internships
Research Experience in the Solid Earth Sciences
NSF programs for undergraduates
IRIS Summer Internships
National Park Service Internships
Geotimes Summer Internship in Journalism
International Internships & Volunteering information

Information on Career Opportunities
AGI: Careers in the Geosciences
AGI: Career Resources
AGU’s Careers Page (login required)
GSA’s Employment Page
GeoCorps America
Sloan Geoscience Careers Website
Mining career opportunities
AAPG Career Center

Employment Pages for U.S. Government Agencies
US Geological Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Park Service
USDA Forest Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



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