Geoscientists in the private, for-profit sector fill a variety of positions from research and exploration to sales and marketing, at companies big and small.

The skills you gain with a geoscience degree are valuable not only in the traditional oil and gas industries but also in environmental services, law enforcement, finance, data science, and more.

Ready to learn more? Follow the steps below to get started:


Hear from industry employees

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

Explore industry employers

Industry positions range from data analyst to finance specialist to environmental scientist, and more. You can find these jobs in a variety of industries, including environmental consulting, energy, finance, law, data science, mining exploration, and software development. Start exploring industry employers to learn more. 

Prepare to apply

Check out resources that will help you find and apply for industry jobs, including information on licensing and certification, networking, job hunting, and opportunities to develop new skills. 

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.
  • 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.

  • 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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