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Career Outlook

Our degree programs prepare students to pursue a broad range of careers, including:

  • Energy - Exploration and production of energy and mineral resources.
  • Environmental geoscience - investigation, monitoring, remediation of a wide range of environmental problems, many of which are related to ground water hydrology
  • Government - investigation and monitoring of water and geologic resources and geologic hazards in the service of state and federal agencies; also includes matters of science and policy
  • Education - from the middle school to college level
  • Environmental Law - law firms and federal agencies (e.g., EPA) involved in enforcing, interpreting, and complying with environmental laws



Salaries range according to sector of employment and experience, but the table below gives a general sense of wages for geoscientists:
Employment Sector Annual mean wage (2009)
Oil & Gas $136,270
Env. Consulting $73,920
Hydrology $76,760
State Gov't $62,550
Fed Gov't $94,560

Data from US Dept. of Labor

The job market for geoscientists is considered to be very good; for more information, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.