Careers in Geology
Bachelor of Science Degree in

Teaching certification is also available that would lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Geology. See College of Education and Allied Professions for more information.

What jobs are available?

Hydrology and water resource science, natural hazards, coastal processes, mapping, resource evaluation, tectonics, research, consulting and engineering, earth science teaching, gas and oil exploration, seismology, wetlands, restoration, paleontology, environmental policy and law.

Who employs Geology majors?
  • Environmental consulting and engineering firms
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Mining, petroleum and energy companies
  • Secondary Schools
  • Environmental law and policy organizations
  • Universities and museums
  • Private research companies
  • National laboratories
Good skills or traits for Geology majors:
  • Enjoy working outdoors and traveling.
  • Good reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to carefully observe patterns in the field or datasets.
  • Desire to collaborate with others in an interdisciplinary environment.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Participate in some of many out-of-class experiences doing geology offered at Western.
  • Take geology field trips and conduct research as an undergraduate.
  • Do part-time, summer, internship, and co-op experience in area of choice.
  • A master's degree is preferred for a greater choice of professional jobs.
  • A Ph.D. is required for college/ university teaching and advanced research positions.
  • Join Geology club and other student professional organizations.
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