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.


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.

Some of the very best of these firms are led by our own departmental alumni, and they stand ready to provide opportunities for the current generation of students.  As Stony Brook Geosciences students look for employment opportunities in the environmental field, they’re wise to look first to some of these leading employers. 

Under the leadership of its president, Richard Parrish, a 1989 ESS B.A. graduate Impact Environmental has 25 years of experience become an innovative industry leader in waste management at environmental engineering.  Students looking for employment or internship opportunities should contact Impact Environmental.  They’re looking for bright and ambitious Stony Brook geologists! 

Another leading environmental firm in the area, LAWES (Land, Air, Water Environmental Services, Inc.), provides a wide range of professional geotechnical and environmental services.  Its Vice President, John Lamprecht, is a 2009 GEO B.S. graduate. They’re also looking for first-rate young geologists, so our students are encouraged to explore opportunities with them as well, through this link: LAWES.

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:

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:   Timothy.Glotch "at" 
Prof. Hanna Nekvasil   email:   Hanna.Nekvasil "at"

News & Announcements

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


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