Interested in a degree in Geology?
By choosing to major in geology you will gain access to an exciting and dynamic wealth of career possibilities. Geology is the study of the Earth, and individuals with knowledge of geology are needed in areas of research, industry, and government. Geologists impact society in many ways, such as protecting citizens from natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, and volcanoes. Some geologists work to sustainably develop energy and mineral resources. Whereas other geologists work to predict Earth’s systems from local weather patterns to global climate change. Some geologists work in areas of public outreach and education. Still some geologists advise policymakers on important decisions that may affect society in a number of ways.
Finding a career in the Earth and Environmental Sciences is not often a direct path. Below are some resources to help you envision what sort of geoscientist you may become some day. It’s a great idea to visit some of these resources early in your pursuit of a Earth and Environmental Sciences degree at APSU. It’s an even better idea to keep coming back to these resources as you progress through your education. Each time you visit, think about how you see yourself contributing to the world, and what steps you should take to work in that direction.
Choose your own geoscience adventure
Geological Society of America Career Development Webinars
US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Geoscientists
Internships and Summer Jobs
While working towards your degree, you should strongly consider finding an internship or summer job. These opportunities will give you a chance to trial an area that you’re considering pursuing after you graduate. From this experience you may learn if you really like doing that line of work. You might try something new and learn that you love it. Many opportunities include pay, as well as accommodations to live in a new area. Importantly, these opportunities give you a chance to network with new individuals who may help you into a career someday.
Links for Internships and Summer Jobs
- Scientists in the Park (National Park Service)
- TN State Internships and Seasonal Employment (TN Department of Environment & Conservation)
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU’s) (National Science Foundation)
- Pathways to Science (Institute for Broadening Participation)
- USA Jobs (United State Geological Survey)
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA)
- STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS)
- Geological Society of America GeoCorps Summer Internships
- Other summer internships
If you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree, a good place to start is by watching this webinar on Navigating the Graduate School Search and Admission Process.
Links for Job Searches
Environmental Jobs and Careers (ZipRecruiter)
Careermine (Jobs in Mining/Mineral Exploration)
Geology Jobs in Tennessee (Indeed.com)