Jobs in Earth Science

A degree in geosciences opens the door to a variety of engaging and lucrative careers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for geoscientists in 2022 was $87,500, with most careers only requiring a bachelor’s degree. The Bureau expects geoscientists will see a strong job market in the coming years as the demand for environmental protection, renewable energy, and resource management continues to grow (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

There are many specialties in the Earth Sciences (Research). Geoscientists utilize cutting edge equipment to sample, measure, and simulate Earth processes in work settings that range from the field to the lab to the office (Facilities).

The skills acquired by completing the geoscience major at UConn are sought by industry, government, and nonprofits and include occupations such as consulting, exploration, policy, engineering, and academia.

The geoscience major at UConn provides three tracks to help guide students towards their career goals: Earth, Atmosphere, and Environmental (Geoscience Major).

Explore the site to learn more about what it means to be a geoscientist. Feel free to reach out to our faculty and staff with questions about career paths (Faculty and Staff). We hope you join us as we work to solve some of the most urgent problems facing our planet.

What Geoscientists Do

Types of Geoscientists:

  • Structural Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Petrologist
  • Economic Geologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Climatologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Volcanologist

Common Employers:

  • National Labs
  • National Aeronautics and Space Association
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Forest Service
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Interior
  • Consulting Companies
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Companies
  • Exploration Companies
  • Mining Companies
  • Petroleum Companies
  • Surveying Companies
  • Utilities Companies