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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 (2019)
Oil & Gas $126,750
Federal Government $100,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $76,580
State Government $74,010
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $82,190

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.