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Geology offers a number of potential professional career paths. Examine our careers box, below. Take our short questionnaire to help you decide if you should consider a geology career and then read details about potential careers on the links provided.

Do you . . .

  • like the outdoors?
  • like to travel?
  • like to use computers?
  • enjoy meeting interesting people all over the world?
  • want to be involved in resource management and protecting the environment?
  • enjoy applying science and mathematics to understanding earth issues?
  • enjoy reconstructing the earth's history?
  • like the challenge of finding new resources?

More information about Careers in the Geosciences...

Program Description

Geology deals with the dynamic Earth and its physical, chemical and biologic history. It involves the study of changes that are taking and have taken place and the forces that cause these changes. For example, geologists interpret the movements of the continents over geologic time and the formation of mountains, volcanoes and other features of the Earth's surface. Geologists attempt to understand our physical environment from which we derive most of the natural resources essential to civilization. They investigate the processes that led to the formation of mineral deposits, and oil, gas and coal. They also study environmental change throughout the history of the Earth and how that change and the development of life are related. Geologists attempt to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides, and they are very active in modeling groundwater flow to develop water reserves for municipalities and to protect groundwater from contamination. Geologists study the constraints imposed by nature and apply their knowledge to achieve harmony between the human race and its environment.

Some Potential Career Paths

  • Energy Fuels Exploration Geologist searches worldwide for petroleum, gas, coal. Career opportunities are with integrated energy fuels exploration companies and government agencies.
  • Mineral Exploration and Production Geologist studies the origin, occurrences and extraction of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources such as gold, iron, uranium, diamonds, clay and limestone. Career opportunities are with many different kinds of companies and government agencies.
  • Paleontologist studies the origin and evolution of life through time and its applications to interpreting the geologic record. Career opportunities are with energy companies, museums, universities, government agencies.
  • Geophysicist uses non-destructive methods to determine the electrical, magnetic, gravimetric and seismic properties of earth with applications to exploration and environmental concerns. Career opportunities are with integrated energy, mineral and environmental companies, consulting firms and government agencies.
  • Environmental Geologist/Hydrogeologist studies surface and groundwater supplies and contamination; flooding and land slide potential; and environmental quality issues such as chemical contamination of soils and solid waste disposal. Career opportunities are with companies in many industries, government agencies, and consulting firms.
  • Teacher teaches geology and earth science in elementary and secondary schools and many specialized fields of geology at the college level.


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