Careers & Alumni

With a strong foundation in geologic sciences, you’ll be prepared for your future.

Career opportunities include positions with local, state, and federal government scientific and resource management agencies, geotechnical and environmental consulting firms, nonprofit conservation agencies, and universities, colleges, and K-12 schools.

A few examples of hiring agencies are the US Geological Survey, California Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Caltrans, US Forest Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and more.

Also, a large number of our graduates go on to graduate school, furthering their specialties.

No matter your path, you’ll leave the program ready to succeed. 

Related Job Titles

This list is not meant to be all inclusive; many other job alternatives and titles may exist.

geologist
petrologist
volcanologist
consultant
technical writer or editor
seismologist
emergency manager
hazards mitigation specialist

engineering geologist
field geologist
marine geologist
hydrologist
geomorphologist
museum curator
science teacher

Marketable Skills

Field-Based Skills

  • Spatial Reasoning, ability to read maps
  • Observational skills and careful note taking
  • Understanding of Deep Time, and four-dimensional thinking
  • Ability to collect pieces of evidence and develop the most likely geologic explanation
  • Surveying Techniques,
  • Use of GPS and GIS
  • Pilot license to fly UAV

Communication

  • Written and Oral Presentation Skills
  • Working as part of a team
  • Designing, creating, and presenting scientific posters

Lab-Based Skills

  • GIS, geospatial analysis
  • Mineral identifications
  • Geochemistry of rocks, minerals, water, and soils

Research

  • Work one-on-one with faculty to produce original research
  • Present your research at a national or international professional conference

Sustainability

  • Understand the origins of our natural resources and how they are managed
  • Identify the influence of humans on our natural systems