What can I do with a major in Geology?
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.
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
If you are interested in attending graduate school, check out the Career Center website resources
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- Video Interviews of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Student Interns
- Job Boards and Career Resources Compiled by the UGA Geology Department
- US Geological Survey (USGS) Student Career Opportunities
- I Hire Environmental
- American Geological Institute
- Dice -Tech Insiders – Geology
- Geology – Earth Science Jobs
- SCA – Internships; Gap Years (room/board/stipend)
- Environmental Jobs & Careers
- USAJobs.gov (job board for federal agencies - consider visiting the "Students and Recent Graduates" portal)
Tip: Internships are a vital way to break into the field, especially with state and federal agencies. Review the student portal of USAJobs.gov 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.
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Geological Society of America
- American Institute of Professional Geologists
- National Park Service
- The Society for Exploration Geophysicists
- National Association of Geoscience Teachers
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