Career Preparation

Prepare for the careers of today & tomorrow

As global issues related to energy and mineral resources, environmental pollution, climate change, and natural hazards grow in importance, so does the importance of a degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Our students take their knowledge into many career fields. They are well prepared to work in the energy and environmental industries, research, education, federal and state government agencies, policy think tanks, and non-profit organizations.

They have become researchers, petroleum engineers, environmental specialists, atmospheric scientists, hydrologic field technicians, logging geoscientists, field geologists, policy advisors, educators, and more.

Job openings for recent graduates

Why is it great to work for the USGS?

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment.

USGS job postings

Salary information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median pay for geoscientists in 2019 was $92,040. The salary you might earn will vary, depending upon the industry. Even more good news: these numbers are likely to increase in the future, because demand for raw materials continues to grow.

Potential career growth

Many geoscientists begin their careers working for industry, for energy companies (a rapid growth sector currently), environmental consulting companies, or for government agencies, where there are hundreds of positions in each state. After gaining experience, they may move into upper management positions with private sector companies, earning as much or more than $140k annually.