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What Can I Do With a Major in Geology?

Career Titles
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Archaeological Geologist
  • Architect
  • Assayer
  • Astronomer
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Cartographer
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Coastal Oceanographer
  • Computer Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Data Analyst
  • Earth Science Teacher
  • Ecologist
  • Economic Scientist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Forest Ranger
  • Gemologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geochronologist
  • Geodesist
  • Geodynamicist
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • Geology Research Scientist
  • Geology Teacher
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geophysics Technician
  • Geoscientist
  • Geo-Technical Engineer
  • Glacial Geologist
  • Groundwater Hydrologist
  • Hazardous Materials Response Specialist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologic Technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape/Nursery Manager
  • Location Analyst
  • Map Analyst
  • Marine Advisor
  • Marine Geologist
  • Materials Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Military Officer
  • Mineralogist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Mining Geologist
  • Museum Technician
  • National Park Service Staff
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Naturalist
  • Navigator
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleoceanographer
  • Paleoclimatologist
  • Paleoecologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Petroleum Technologist
  • Petrologist
  • Petrophysicist
  • Physicist
  • Planetary Geologist
  • Pollution Control Specialist
  • Pollution Remediator
  • Professor
  • Prospector
  • Range Conservationist
  • Sales Engineer
  • Scientific Librarian
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Scientific Writer
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Structural Geologist
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Volcanologist 
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Water Quality Control Technician
  • Water Remote Sensing Interpreter
  • Watershed District Administrator
  • Well Driller
  • Well Logging Specialist

Employers
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Mines
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • CIA/FBI
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Conservation Groups
  • Construction Companies   
  • Consulting Firms 
  • Department of Defense 
  • Energy Companies 
  • Engineering Firms             
  • Environmental Advocacy Groups
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Exploration Companies
  • Forest Service 
  • Land Use Organizations
  • Libraries
  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Marketing & Research Firms
  • Military
  • Minerals Companies
  • Mining Companies         
  • Museums
  • NASA
  • National Laboratories
  • National Parks Service
  • Natural Gas Companies
  • Nonprofit Groups
  • Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Petroleum Companies       
  • Private Research Companies
  • Quarries
  • Railroad Companies  
  • Research Laboratories          
  • Scientific Journals
  • Seismic Survey Organizations
  • Travel/Tourism Industry
  • Trucking Companies
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Water Resources Groups
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Well Services and Drilling Companies
  • Wetlands Management
  • Wildlife Service

Skills
  • Aptitude for accuracy and detail
  • Conduct and clearly explain scientific research
  • Coordinate work with others
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Define research problems 
  • Design equipment
  • Design simulations
  • Desire to collaborate with others in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Develop research models
  • Develop research proposals 
  • Draw meaningful conclusions
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoy working outdoors and traveling
  • Establish hypothesis
  • Evaluate ideas
  • Laboratory and research ability
  • Maintain detailed records
  • Make appropriate decisions and solve quantitative problems
  • Manage and direct projects
  • Mapping and surveying
  • Measure distances
  • Measure relationships
  • Perceives acute spaces and forms
  • Perform calculations
  • Physical stamina, good vision and manual dexterity
  • Possesses an aptitude for accurate details
  • Possesses knowledge of geological principles and mathematics
  • Review scientific literature
  • See relationships in factors
  • Self-management
  • Spatial visualization
  • Summarize research
  • Understands and uses information derived from computers
  • Use technical instruments
  • Works with people of varied backgrounds

Graduate Data   

To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Geology Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF)
 

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