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From College Major to Career

The Wall Street Journal created this neat webpage where you can sort college degrees by popularity, median earnings and unemployment rate. We're gratified to see that accordning to the 2010 U.S. Census data, these fields have low unemployment and good earnings:

  • GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING
  • ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
  • ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES AND METEOROLOGY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • GEOSCIENCES
  • OCEANOGRAPHY
  • MINING AND MINERAL ENGINEERING
  • PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
  • SOIL SCIENCE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • GEOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCE

Geology Careers


Aerial photos show the community of Oso, Wash., before and after the March 22, 2014 landslide.
Oso WA before 2014 slide

Oso WA after 2014 slide

 Washington is one of the most responsible states at mapping its landslide risks, according to the USGS, and geologists have shown dangers around the Oso area for decades. A 2004 flood-management plan even talked of buying up all the homes in the area to "remove the risk to human life and structures." Instead, the county took action to stabilize the base of an unstable slope — a temporary fix overwhelmed by the huge landslide last month. Read more at NBC News.