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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

Salary Expectations


Career activities, job placement and salary outlook for many subfields of geology:

American Geosciences Institute - Careers in Geosciences

Geological Society of America - Professional Development

American Geophysical Union Careers Center

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Careers

Sea Grant Marine Careers.net

American Geophysical Union- Careers in Science

Stanford University Marine Science job listings

The Oceanography Society's job listings

Dalhousie University Department of Oceanography job listings

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration job listings

Careers in oceanography usually require an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.). A Bachelor's degree in science or math is considered an important qualification for embarking on graduate study in oceanography. Students doing graduate work in oceanography typically have undergraduate degrees in either biology, chemistry, geology, physics, mathematics or engineering.

Information about the degree requirements of the undergraduate (B.S., B.A.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs in Geology at Kent State University are also available through the Kent State University Department of Geology.

Please feel free to talk with an undergraduate advisor in Geology or any of the Department of Geology faculty for more information.



The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-22 Edition has the most recent employment outlook and earnings figures for various fields employing individuals with degrees in Geology.

 

median annual wage May 2012 BLS

The American Geosciences Institute's Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2013 provides an overview analysis of the demographics, activities, and experiences of geoscience students who received their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in the Spring of 2013.

 

Students graduating with an undergraduate degree plan on these fields of study if they go on to a graduate degree.

Starting salaries where graduates accepted jobs in the geosciences.Industries where employed

Salary Surveys and Articles

Geoscience Currents are quick snapshots of data released by AGI on the status of the geoscience workforce

Growing Demand for Geology Degree  - Nature reports interdisciplinary preparation valuable in job market (2011)