Explore Career Profiles

Select collections below to learn more about the career paths and day-to-day work life of geoscientists with unique backgrounds and skills, working in a variety of fields and occupations. 

Collection by SAGE 2YC 

What do you do and how did you get there? Find answers to these questions and more in interviews with geoscientists working in a variety of sectors.

Collection by PROGRESS

Identify with a geoscientist through stories featured by Promoting Geoscience Research, Education & Success (PROGRESS).

Collection by UNAVCO

Watch a video playlist of geoscience career spotlights by UNAVCO, featuring a science writer, a polar field engineer, a museum curator, and more!

By Teach the Earth

Covers a variety of jobs, emphasizing education and outreach.

By On the Cutting Edge

Perspectives from geoscience employees & employers.

By EGU GeoLog

Highlights geoscientists who took non-linear career paths.

By Eos
"Choose Your Own Geoscience Adventure" features scientists who took unique paths.

By SSA At Work

Features seismologists working in various research positions.

By AMS

Includes meteorologists, researchers, engineers, and a storm chaser!

By AWG

Features geoscientists from the major employment sectors.

By Science Societies Career Center
Highlights soil scientists, as well as agronomists and crop scientists.

By EEK

Natural-resource focused, including park rangers & naturalists.

By Rock-Head Sciences

Features a variety of geoscientists and graduate students.

By Fossil Guy

Interviews with paleontologists about their jobs and fossils.

By UIC Earth & Environmental Sciences
Video collection of UIC alumni working in industry. 

By transverse RANGES

Long-form interviews with geoscientists from a variety of fields.

By PBS NOVA

Video profiles of scientists at work, and at play.

By GS of London

UK-focused with international applicability, all sectors.

By AAG & MCOE

Geoscientists discuss their paths into geography.

Please note:

These collections of career profiles created by professional organizations, societies, and blogs are organized here for your exploration. Due to the dynamic nature of the geoscience workforce, job titles, roles, and responsibilities are always evolving. The profiles included in these collections may not be representative of all current geoscience jobs and are intended to provide a sense of the breadth of opportunities available, as well as how geoscientists have defined their career paths and navigated the job search.

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.

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