Explore Geoscience Career Pathways

Who are geoscientists? What do they do? How can you get started in this field?

IRIS Geoscience Careers—Parts 1 & 2. What can I do with my degree in geoscience?

Check out these resources on geoscience career pathways:

Geoscience Careers
AGI video & brochure

AGI Career Compass
Infographics

Finding Your Fit
AGU Webinar

Think Outside the Box
IRIS Webinar

Career Cornerstone
Website

SAGE 2YC Career Info
Website

PROGRESS Careers
Website 

Geology Career Paths
Interactive exploration

What level of education do you need?

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B.S.

Broad education in geoscience. Typically required for entry-level positions in industry, government, education, and non-profit sectors. 

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M.S.

Further training in a geoscience sub-discipline. Required for some entry-level positions. Most likely to promote career growth. 

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Ph.D.

Specialization and original research in a geoscience sub-discipline. Required for most academic and research scientist positions. 

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Licensing

Required in some states for geologists that offer services to the public. Uses the ASBOG® Fundamentals of Geology Exam

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Certifications

Further preparation for advancing a geoscience career (for example, science communication programs or Geologist-in-Training Certification).

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Professional degrees 

For those interested in environmental law or medical geology.

About
  • GROW is a collection of career resources for undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences, intended to help students identify and pursue career paths beyond academia.
Support
  • This project was supported by the National Science Foundation (Award #1911527) and our many contributors who generously volunteered their time and knowledge to assist our team.

Disclaimer
  • Any opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation nor of contributor employers.
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