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Career Pathways

"Succeeding... is all about making yourself indispensable. Find the tasks that need to be done but that no one else is willing to do, and volunteer to get them done. If you take ownership of them and do them well, within 6 months we won't remember how we got along without you."
- Bill Brinker, HDR Engineering

There are a wide array of careers available to people with degrees in geoscience but they require different levels of preparation. The information below can help students determine the degree they need to achieve to reach the kind of job they want. The association of particular degrees and jobs are drawn from the experience of project leadership and participants. Bear in mind that different employers have different necessary qualifications and that labor force variations can lead to someone with a more advanced degree getting a job normally filled by someone with a less advanced degree.

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Career Descriptions

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

These career summaries from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupational Outlook Handbook include a description of basic job duties, work environment, salary range, needed qualifications, and job outlook. The Handbook is searchable and provides extensive information across all fields. Other job descriptions not mentioned above include:

Employer and Employee Perspectives

These profile pages from Building Strong Geoscience Departments were created by interviewing employers in a variety of geoscience professions and employees with degrees in geoscience. They can be a valuable source of information for those looking for a career in the geosciences.

Career Profiles

If you don't personally know someone working in the geosciences, it can be difficult to imagine yourself as a geoscientist. This collection of career profiles combines personal descriptions of the individual career paths of many geoscience professionals.

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