Learn More About Careers in the Geosciences

Geoscientists study all aspects of our planet and we’ve written a special FAQ about the Geosciences.  Be sure to take a look at our page listing all possible sub-disciplines in the Geosciences to see what interests you most!


The median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,910 in 2014 .

Job Outlook

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future.


Want to know more? Check out this great website all about different Geoscience Careers at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College!


Jobs: BA or BS Required

  • City & state environmental and natural resource regulators
  • Public school earth science teachers
  • Government GIS technicians & analysts
  • Broadcast, government, and private-sector meteorologists
  • Soil testing, hydrologic, oil and gas, meteorological, and geospatial technicians
  • Consultants (with previous government/private sector experience)
  • Park ranger or naturalist
  • Well-site or mine geologist
  • Pollution cleanup specialist
  • Geospatial technician or technologist
  • Petroleum geoscientist



Jobs: Masters Required

  • City & state environmental and natural resource regulators & scientists
  • Government & private sector geospatial analysts
  • State geological and climatological survey geoscientists,
  • Engineering & environmental consulting firm scientists
  • Private school science teachers/administrators
  • Federal, state, and private sector research scientists
  • NWS forecaster, state and federal climatologists
  • Community college professors



Jobs: PhD Likely Required

  • College & university professors
  • University, federal, and state researchers
  • Environmental & energy consultants, including policy consultants
  • State government technical specialists
  • U.S. & state geological survey researchers
  • NWS Science Operations Officer (SOO), state or federal climatologist
  • Engineering and environmental consulting firm scientists
  • Textbook editors & science writers



Learn more about geoscientists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

2013 Median Annual Salaries for Geoscience-Related Occupations from the American Geosciences Institute