UGA Specific Information for Geology

Geology is a broad interdisciplinary science that involves the study of Earth and its history. Work on environmental problems, research, teaching and the topical issue of exploring for oil or mineral resources are all typical of positions for a Geologist. Geologists often divide their time between work in the field, the laboratory and the office. A career as a professional geologist often requires graduate training. Geologists are employed with environmental consulting companies, federal and state geological surveys, a wide range of government agencies, petroleum and mining companies, highway departments, oceanographic institutes, and as secondary or college teachers. Geologists gather and interpret data about the Earth for the purpose of increasing our knowledge about natural resources and Earth processes and for providing basic information required for establishing policy for resource management and environmental protection.

Class of 2017*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

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Additional Career Research Resources

Employment Websites

Tip: Internships are a vital way to break into the field, especially with state and federal agencies. Review the student portal of or major agencies (such as the USGS or the Bureau of Land Management) to connect with opportunities. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is also a potential resource for finding relevant positions.  

Professional Associations/Resources

Tip: Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. Need help finding groups? Check out the Groups You May Like link under the Interests/Groups tab. Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Geology Majors for the Class of 2017*

Lanier Technical College | The University of Louisiana at Lafayette | The University of Wyoming | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2017 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.