Salary Expectations

Job Information

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

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 and graduate programs in Earth Sciences at Kent State University are also available through the Kent State University Department of Earth Sciences.

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


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 according 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

Occupational Outlook Handbook

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 Earth Sciences.

Median Salaries of Geoscience Occupations 2020



Salary Surveys and Articles

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