With their broad knowledge of the Earth system and technical skills, geoscientists are well prepared for interdisciplinary education roles. These resources focus on teaching jobs beyond professorships at colleges and universities and are aimed at those wishing to teach in a classroom setting in elementary, middle, and high schools. There are also many non-tenure track education roles at universities, research institutes, museums, professional societies, and other organizations that often involve scientific outreach, communication, student affairs, and classroom support. 

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Read more about working in education and outreach

Transitioning from Researcher to Outreacher by Lucas Laursen, Science
Educating Outside the Classroom by Rachel Bernstein, Science
Report on the Status of K-5 Geosciences Education in the United States by the American Geosciences Institute
A passion for pathways: Careers in diversity and inclusion for STEM postdocs by  Alaina G. Levine, Science
Out of this world: Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer by the Institute of Physics
Astronomer to STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist by JoEllen McBride, Women in Astronomy

Gain insight from educators

Visit the Ask an Expert page to read Q&A format advice from geoscientists working in a variety of educational roles. Contact these experts to learn more about their jobs and expand your network.

Explore employers

Opportunities to work in education extend beyond the traditional teaching positions in K-12 classrooms. Explore example employers to learn more about educational roles at schools, museums, science institutions, and more. 

Prepare to apply

Visit the Career Preparation page to learn how to prepare for education jobs, showcase your skills to be competitive, and navigate the job search.

Search for jobs

View a list of job boards where geoscience jobs are commonly posted, plus advice for successful job searching with keywords. 
  • 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.
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