Today’s Jackson School students enter these fields:

·   Petroleum exploration, production and related services as geologists & geophysicists

·   Environmental consulting and hydrogeology

·   Energy management, analysis, finance, and policy

·   Research and/or teaching in academia and industry

Each field recruits, interviews and offers jobs differently. The following are some guidelines for getting started in a career within each major industry.


Petroleum Exploration, Production and Services

Companies actively recruit Jackson School geologists and geophysicists each fall in a whirlwind of information sessions, breakfasts, dinners, and interviews. Add to that our annual career fair, and there is a lot going on in the fall semester! Our students are in demand and have the luxury of recruiters pursuing them right here on campus. Many people may not realize that this is not the case in all colleges and schools within UT.

Summer internships are coveted positions because companies choose most of their full-time permanent hires from the internship pool. Securing at least one summer internship in the oil and gas industry should be a priority if you are dedicated to this career path.


Environmental Consulting & Hydrogeology

If this is your chosen major or concentration, you will probably work for an environmental consulting and engineering firm or a local, state, or federal regulatory enforcement agency. Summer internships are uncommon in this industry; hence, you will want to supplement your education with research or fieldwork for a professor in lieu of a summer internship experience. Companies in this industry do not routinely come for on-campus recruiting, so you must conduct a search for permanent jobs. Begin your job search early in your final year of school. Begin with research on companies, read multiple job descriptions, write cover letters and customize your resume for each job opportunity. Then, start a ‘campaign’ to find a permanent job upon graduation.


Energy Management, Analysis, Finance, and Policy

This industry is broad with students going into many different sectors. Popular sectors are energy analysis, energy trading, market research, petroleum exploration companies, utility companies, public relations, land administration, energy management, refining, etc. Summer internships are desirable and can lead to a full-time position. Companies in this industry do not routinely come for on-campus recruiting, so you must search for internships and permanent jobs as needed for the environmental industry.


Research in Academia and Industry

Academic job positions in postdoctoral research and higher education teaching are typically advertised 12 to 9 months from the following fall semester start date. All postings that come to the JSGCC are posted regularly in the Resource Library of GeoSource.  PhD students and postgrads will apply directly to these jobs by following the application instructions in the job announcements. For entrance to an academic position in a fall semester, begin preparing your dossier (a collection of documents required for applying for academic positions) 18 months in advance of your graduation date. View or print our Guide to Academic Jobs from this link.