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What Can You Do with a Geoscience Major?

Geoscience Career or Graduate School...Your Choice

Department of Geosciences’ graduates have been very successful both in pursuing careers in environmental consulting, mining & energy industries, education, and government direct from DePauw, and in being admitted to prestigious graduate programs nationwide (with stipends of $10,000-$18,000 per year with full tuition waivers).  

Who Hires Geoscientists?

  • Local Government Agencies (e.g., City/County Planning, Engineering, Transportation)
  • State Government Agencies (e.g., Geological Survey, EPA, Transportation)
  • Federal Government Agencies (e.g., US Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior, EPA, National Park Service, Transportation) 
  • Educational Institutions (e.g., Universities, Middle, Jr High, and High Schools)
  • Energy & Mining Industry (e.g., Petroleum Companies, Mining Companies)
  • Environmental Industry (e.g., Consulting Firms, Engineering Companies)
  • Publishing Industry (e.g., Software Companies, Online Publishers, Radio/TV/Print Businesses)

A partial list of what recent Department of Geoscience alumni have done after graduation: 

Petroleum/Mining Environmental Consulting Government Graduate Schools

• ExxonMobil Expl
• Gunn Oil Co. 
• Marsten & Marsten 
• Murvin Oil 
• Samson Oil 
• Yates Petroleum Corp.

• ENSR International
• ENVIRON International
• HDR International
• Patriot Eng & Environ.
• Soil & Materials Engin.
• Conestoga Rovers & Assoc.


• National Park Service
• US Geological Survey
• MT Dept of Land Resources
• Colorado State Univ
• Univ of California
• Univ of Wyoming
• Univ of Tennessee
• Univ of Kentucky
• Univ of Hawaii
• Univ of Illinois
• Indiana Univ
• Duke Univ
• Dartmouth College
• Univ of Maryland
• Indiana State Univ
• Univ of Nevada, Reno

Additional Online Resources about Geoscience Careers:

Careers in the Geosciences Brochure (American Geosciences Institute)

Geoscience Careers Website (American Geosciences Institute)

Geoscience Careers Podcast (Science - audio)

Geoscience Careers Website (Geotimes)

Geoscience Gateway (Source Rocks, LLC)

Who Will Fill the Geoscience Workforce Supply Gap? (Environmental Science & Technology)

In the Geosciences, Business Is Booming (Science)

Geoscientists in High Demand in the Oil Industry (Science)

Hydrogeologists Tap into Demand for an Irreplaceable Resource (Science)

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition - Bureau of Labor Statistics - Geosciences (US Dept of Labor)

Geoscience Currents #62: 2011 Median Salaries for Geoscience-Related Occupations (American Geosciences Institute)