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What you can do with this Major

Note: Career opportunities for Geoscientists are varied. Environmental concerns have spurred demand for Geoscientists in government agencies, consulting firms, and private industry. In demand are technically proficient Geoscientists who are also skilled communicators.

Most locally employed graduates work in teaching, with consulting firms, or with government agencies. Some openings in broadcast meteorology are occasionally available, as well as a potential for a growing mining industry. Students who are willing to relocate, or who are attracted by the opportunities for travel that Geoscience offers, are most likely to find satisfying careers.

The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Geoscience majors:

  • Atmospheric Scientists study weather processes
  • Economic Geologists study mineral deposits and find safe ways to dispose of waste from mining activities
  • Engineering Geologists use their knowledge of geology in the construction of roads, dams, and buildings
  • Environmental Geologists study the interaction of the environment and human, working to solve pollution problems
  • Geochemists investigate earth materials
  • Geologists study the materials, products, and nature of the Earth
  • Geophysicists study the earth using gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic methods
  • Glacial Geologists study the physical properties and movement of glaciers
  • Hydrogeologists study the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of water
  • Marine Geologists investigate the ocean floor and boundaries
  • Meteorologists study the Earth's atmosphere
  • Oceanographers investigate oceans, including marine organisms, water properties, and the history of the sea bottom
  • Petroleum Geologists explore the subsurface for oil or gas
  • Petrologists investigate the composition of rocks and their origin
  • Planetary Geologists study planets and their moons
  • Sedimentologists study the origin and deposition of sediments
  • Seismologists study earthquakes and analyze their behavior
  • Soil Scientists study soils and their properties for agricultural productivity
  • Volcanologists investigate the origin of volcanic rocks and the life cycles of volcanoes

The following list represents a few of the kinds of businesses and institutions that employ Geoscience majors:

  • In Industry: petroleum and natural gas companies, mining companies, engineering and environmental consulting firms, and independent research laboratories.
  • In 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.
  • In Educational Institutions: secondary schools, colleges, universities, and museums.

For example, in the state of Wisconsin, these companies have hired our graduates: Consulting Firms such as Robert E. Lee, Foth and Van Dyke, US Dept of Energy, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Nature of the work, conditions, earnings, training & job outlook

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