Explore the world. Make a living. Make a difference.
As with any important decision, choosing your geoscience major requires a considerable amount of self-reflection and research. The Jackson School Career Center is available to work with you and to help you feel confident in your potential career path. Below, you will find some helpful tips and resources that you can utilize when making decisions about potential career paths and your major. As a Jackson School student, we encourage you to meet make an appointment to discuss potential career paths and industry opportunities.
Geoscientists work in the field, the lab, and with computers to seek a greater understanding of Earth. Geoscientists help protect the planet by studying it, learning from it, and predicting what the future will bring. They perform environmental assessments and study global environmental systems. They locate water, mineral, and energy resources. They predict geological disasters. And they offer advice on major development projects. As a geoscientist, you can make a huge impact on the world around you.
Explore Geoscience Career Paths
Geologists find career opportunities in many different fields, including:
- Water resource planning and protection
- Environmental remediation, engineering, regulation
- Petroleum exploration and production
- Petroleum exploration and production services
- Natural hazards assessment
- Land use planning
- Ocean and planetary sciences
- Education (K-12, college and university)
- Paleontology research and development
- What can you do with this major?
- Wayfinder (from School of Undergraduate Studies)
- Careers in the Geosciences by EarthScienceWorld.org
- AGI Guide to Geoscience Careers & Employers
Explore Geoscience Industries and Companies
- O*NET Online Occupation Finder
- Career Resources for Undergraduates from UT Libraries
- Biz Journals (The Book of Lists – businesses in 40 U.S. cities)
- WetFeet (Research Careers and Industries)
- Vault (Industry Profiles)