Careers

Is a career in geosciences right for you?

 Do you like the outdoors? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you like to travel?

Do you want to help in solving some of the most urgent problems facing humanity?

These are just a few of the factors that often convince people to pursue a career in the geosciences. Never before in human history have so many issues involving our environment posed such serious challenges to future generations. The demand for energy resources, impacts and causes of global change, pollution of water and soils, earthquakes, flooding… these are just a few of the topics that geoscientists are addressing today.

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What geoscience jobs are out there?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s recent survey, demand for geoscientists is projected to grow by at least 22% by 2016, far outpacing all other science fields. Starting salaries in the geosciences are also well above those in other science fields. Many of our undergraduate majors have job offers before they graduate.

Where do geoscience majors find jobs?

Energy Industry – this includes the traditional oil and gas exploration field, but increasingly it encompasses alternative energy companies, such as geothermal, hydroelectric, and even solar. And since every form of energy that’s utilized has an environmental impact, many energy companies now hire environmental geoscientists to address problems before they happen.

Environmental Field – this rapid growing sector includes private, government, and academic positions. In the Northeast, and especially in the New York area, many job opportunities exist in environmental consulting and cleanup companies. Our Department has placed many graduates in the numerous environmental companies based on Long Island and the NY metropolitan area.

Natural Hazard Management – the increased occurrence of storms, flooding, and coastal erosion have created opportunities in the private sector and government agencies to oversee and manage risks to persons and property. As global change continues, jobs in natural hazard assessment and management are expected to expand.

Public Policy – legislators and government leaders rely on geoscientists in formulating public policy for matters ranging from safety standards for mining operations to offshore oil drilling.

Water Resource Management – concerns about water resources and water quality have led to increased demands for hydrologists, those within geosciences specializing in water.

Teaching – the demand for high school teachers in earth science has never been greater, especially in the Long Island and New York area. Teaching positions at colleges and universities require advanced degrees.

Research – basic and applied research in geoscience fields continues to provide the foundation for innovation in solving problems. Usually requiring an advanced degree, geoscientists find opportunities in academic, industrial, and government labs, as well as field-based research all over the world.

National Security – surprisingly, many geoscience graduates find private and government jobs relating to national security. These range from monitoring underground nuclear testing to assessment of reserves for strategic minerals and resources.

For more information about a geoscience career see this webpage: http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/brochure.html

Make an appointment with the Undergraduate Studies Director in the Department of Geosciences to learn more about majoring in Geosciences or Earth and Space Sciences. 

Prof. Timothy Glotch    email:   tglotch "at" notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
Prof. Hanna Nekvasil   email:   hnekvasil "at" notes.cc.sunysb.edu

Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200