Where are geoscientists employed?

Hydrology students.

Geoscience majors develop the technical and transferable skills to work in a wide variety of fields, including traditional geological careers and emerging industries.

Geology majors may find themselves working in:
  • Federal government (e.g. Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, NOAA, Peace Corps, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service)
  • State and local government (e.g. California Geological Survey, California Natural Resources Agency, CALTRANS, Department of Conservation, Department of Water Resources)
  • Research facilities (e.g. Bureau of Land Management)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and non-profits (e.g. Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy)
  • Industry (e.g. oil & gas, geotechnical, geothermal, hydrogeology)
  • Environmental or geotechnical consulting firms (e.g. Antea Group, ERM, URS, Arcadis, Kleinfelder, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Geocon Consultants, GEI Consultants, Formation Environmental, AECOM, Geosyntec, Environ, CH2M)
  • Universities and colleges (e.g. researcher, field technician, lab manager)
  • Education organizations (e.g. K-12 teaching, outreach organizations)
  • Legal (law, policy, and politics)

In addition to traditional geoscience fields, alumni of the department have gone on to medical school, law school, finance, design, and many other fields.

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