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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.


What is a day in the life of a geologist like?

Most geologists say that they enjoy the challenge and diversity of their work and that there is no "typical" day.  Read more...

 

Employment outlook and earnings potential for geologists


 

The Kent State University Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences will annually provide 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students.

Applications are accepted beginning in early March for undergraduates pursing a STEM major for the following academic year. For more scholarship opportunities, search Pathways to Science for opportunities to do research at the undergraduate level, here and abroad. The Institute for Broadening Participation in the STEM sciences also offers free online search tools to encourage minority participation in STEM sciences.

What can I do with a Geology degree?

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

 

What is geology?

Geology is the science of exploration, discovery, and Earth stewardship. The geosciences address all issues relating to Earth Systems, including the solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere. Read more...

What are geologists and what do they do?

Geologists study the Earth's physical composition, structure, history, and the natural processes. They provide information to society for use in solving problems and establishing policies for resource management, environmental protection, public health, safety, and welfare. Read more...
 

Endowed Cooperative Department-Industry Internship Program

The Department of Geology plays an active role in placing its graduates. We provide them with a top-notch education, placement in internships, resume preparation, providing material on job interview techniques, securing job leads, and facilitating the contact between graduates and prospective employers. Read more...


Professional Organizations

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) EXPLORER Magazine

AAPG Career Center

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) EARTH Magazine

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) AEG News Environmental and Engineering Geoscience

Geological Society of America  (GSA)  All Publications  GSA Today

National Association of State Boards of Geology