Why choose geology?

  • Strong demand for new geologists

    The current workforce is aging and starting to retire, causing a growing demand in this field. Because of this salaries are generally high, and future job security may also be high.

  • Active, fulfilling lifestyle

    Geology gives the opportunity to do much more than sit behind a desk. Many positions include outdoor fieldwork and sampling.

  • Get to know the world

    Geology will help you develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the world around you.

  • Provide for society

    Our world depends on many natural resources, the locating and extraction of which geologists often play a key role. Progress in these areas is an important duty of the geologist. Geologists also work to protect people from natural disasters and hazards, including the global climate crisis.

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Careers in geology

Practical application of the principles of geology in the solving of environmental problems.

  • Managing geological resources
  • Mitigating effects of natural hazards
  • Managing industrial waste

Dealing with the distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks.

  • Managing water resources
  • Searching for clean water aquifers
  • Mitigating water pollution events

Engaged in the search for hydrocarbon fuels. The study of origin, occurrence, movement, accumulation, and exploration of hydrocarbons.

  • Source rock analysis
  • Basin analysis
  • Exploration
  • Appraisal
  • Production

Using the tools and principles of chemistry to explain the mechanisms behind major geological systems.

  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Photogeochemistry

Studying eruptive activity and formation of volcanoes.

  • Prediction of eruptions
  • Seismology
  • Remote sensing

Responsible for providing an enlightening experience to the visitors of city, state, or nationally designated parks.

  • Preparing information for exhibits on natural, social, and cultural history
  • Planning and conducting group talks on the geological, social, and cultural history of the park
  • Promoting conservation education
  • Preparing audiovisual materials, including photographs, color slides, and other illustrative materials
  • Repairing and updating materials for scientific and historic publications
  • Explaining rules and regulations to visitors

Teach new generations of geologists while studying the topic you are passionate about.

  • Instructing
  • Research