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Career Information for Geologists

AGI - Geoscience Careers Workforce Infographic

Geology students find employment in a broad range of areas, but especially in environmental, mining, and petroleum-related areas. Positions are also available in academia and with state and federal agencies, such as geological surveys and environmental protection divisions. Demand for geologists is increasing, as are salaries, although hiring can be cyclical in some areas. The M.S. is generally regarded as the professional degree in geology, and it typically offers higher salaries and a faster track for promotion, but some entry-level jobs are available for undergraduates.

Now is a great time to become a geologist. The American Geological Institute has an excellent description of careers in the geosciences and the U.S. Department of Labor has websites on career opportunities for geoscientists and similar occupations.



Federal and Private Employment


Many professional organizations offer additional resources for careers.

Professional Resources


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