Careers in the Earth Sciences

A degree in the Earth Sciences sets up students for many exciting career opportunities. 

What Can I Do with an Earth Sciences Degree?

Earth Science students learn to use limited amounts of data to make inferences about the world around them. Many employers find skills learned in the Earth Sciences to be useful in settings where the complexities of “real world” situations often require analysis and action based on limited information. Traditionally, job opportunities in Earth Sciences include positions in academia, government, environmental consulting, petroleum and mining.  Many of these industries have an aging work force and are engaged in a long term hiring trend to replace retirees.

Getting an Internship/Job


Internship and job opportunities abound in industries related to the geosciences. These opportunities might include work for an environmental consulting firm, a petroleum company, or a mineral resources firm.

Geosciences conferences often have a recruiters onsite and provide a good place to make contacts at various companies. Check out the follow options:

Getting an Internship/Job

Job Classified Ads

These sites provide a classified section for employers in academia and industry to post job positions.  Some colleges will also post adds seeking graduate students.