Geology graduates typically pursue careers in one of four major sectors:
Examples: petroleum, metals and minerals mining, resources mining (sand and gravel, aggregate, etc.)
Examples: environmental consulting, hydrology, mapping/GIS analysis, non-profit work, conservation
Examples: US Geological Survey, Department of Energy, Arkansas Geological Survey, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Examples: K-12 teaching, university teaching and/or research
Although it is possible to begin your career with only a bachelor’s degree, graduate study in a more narrow field within the Earth sciences that interests you is highly recommended. There is an abundance of geoscience and related jobs today, and this trend is expected to continue well into the future as demand for fossil fuels, water, and other resources (precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, etc.) continues to grow. Salaries are highly competitive, and average starting salaries are typically higher than many other scientific fields.
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