What does your ideal career look like? The common perception of a geoscientist as a hammer-toting outdoorsperson is not always representative of what a geoscientist actually does. In fact, many geoscientists do not conduct field work or study rocks. The broad skills gained from a geoscience degree can be transferred to many other fields, such as law, medicine, finance or journalism. Your geoscience degree can support you in finding a job that fits your interests, motivations and career goals.
To meet the challenges of the future, we need a diverse geoscience workforce. Your individuality and life experiences make you uniquely equipped to have an impact in the geosciences.
Discover geoscientists like you. Read the stories of 500 Queer Scientists. Connect with 500 Women Scientists. Join a group of Unlikely Hikers. Hear the experiences of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists. Follow the stories of Black Geoscientists. Watch the IF/THEN: Women in Geoscience video series.
Get advice from your peers. The profiles below highlight recent geoscience graduates who have found employment in a range of geoscience positions. See what's possible for you!
Find support and share experiences in one of many organizations and societies for geoscientists.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Indigenous Women in Science Network
Society of Latinxs/Hispanics in Earth and Space Science
Latinas in STEM
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
National Association of Black Geoscientists
Black in Marine Science
Black Women in Science and Engineering
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Geosciences
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Lotus STEMM (South Asian Women in STEMM)
Association for Women Geoscientists
Earth Science Women's Network
Women in Ocean Science
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Out to Innovate
Me Too Mining Association
International Association for Geoscience Diversity
Unlearning Racism in Geoscience
Earth Sciences Mentor Match
Geosciences Education Mentorship & Support
Which direction will you take your geoscience degree? Should you pursue a higher level of education to reach your goals? Will you need to obtain a license or certification?
Get started by exploring career pathways to learn more about what geoscientists do and how you can get started in the geoscience workforce.
What does a day in the life of a geoscientist look like?
View collections of career profiles to learn about the jobs of real-life geoscientists. Discover how featured geoscientists found their way to their occupations, what their jobs look like day-to-day, and the skills that make them successful in their fields.
With so many career pathways and occupations available to you, it can be challenging to know where to start in your job search. Use this tool to explore geoscience jobs organized by sector. These resources will help you envision yourself in specific roles, find a match for your interests, and prepare to enter the workforce.
Remember, the geosciences are always evolving to address new environmental and societal challenges. Your career may take you to a job that doesn't even exist yet!
Approach the job search with a focus on your skills, motivation and interests. What aspects of the geosciences do you most enjoy? What impact would you like to have on society? In what environment do you picture yourself working? With a geoscience degree, your options are unlimited.
"Be confident. Focus on what you are good at and how you can bring value to a team or a company."
"If you are going to work with geoscience data in any way, learn to code! I believe coding is the next expected skill for technical work, be it python, R, or visual basic."
"I recommend applying to a diverse array of jobs – you never know which route your professional career may take."
"The skills I picked up in grad school were exactly what I needed to succeed at my new job. There was a lot to learn, of course, but it was learning how skills I already had would be applied in a different way."
"Try a job out! It will give you new experiences, you will meet new people and learn a new skill."
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