Careers, Jobs, and Further Education for Geoscientists

Only a couple of years after earning a geology bachelor's degree, Heather Empfield, a geoscientist and an alumna of IUP, stands at her job site. MINERAL PROCESSING ENGINEER USES HER COURSES ON THE JOB Heather Empfield, BS in Geology, 2012, mineral processing engineer for McLanahan Corporation, Hollidaysburg, Pa., says, "I was well prepared. I've used almost every course I took in my job. For example, when I look at the stratigraphic map and identify the mineral compositions, I'm using what I learned in Professor John Taylor's Stratigraphy course."

With a Geology Bachelor's Degree, You Can Influence the Energy vs. Environment Conversation

The energy industry is the third largest industry in the United States.

The $320-billion environmental industry boasts 30,000 private companies and more than 80,000 public sector organizations.

With those kinds of numbers, there is an ongoing need for well-qualified geoscientists.

With an undergraduate geoscience degree from IUP, you can choose your career path, whether it be in the energy industry, the environmental field, teaching in secondary schools, or pursuing a higher degree.

Careers to Consider with a Geosciences Degree

A career as a geoscientist can be very rewarding. The minimum required training is four-year college degree in geology.

Pre-college students who are interested in becoming geoscientists should take a full curriculum of college preparatory courses, especially those in math, science, and writing.

Courses related to computers, geography, and communication are also valuable.

With a BS in Geology from IUP, you can apply for careers in:

  • Environmental geology
  • Engineering geology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Economic geology
  • Field geology
  • Science writing and editing
  • Environmental law
  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Astronomy

With a BSEd in Earth and Space Science Education, you can:

  • Teach secondary earth and space science classes
  • Teach at private schools
  • Lead information education programs at museums, science centers, etc.

The Path to Higher Degrees

Although a bachelor's degree is required for entry-level employment, many geoscientists earn master's and/or doctorate degrees. An advanced degree provides a higher level of training, often in specialized areas like hydrogeology, volcanology, geochemistry, or marine geology. Advanced degrees will often qualify a geoscientist for supervisory positions in industry, research assignments in government or private labs, or teaching positions at the university level.