Geosciences Careers

Job Data for Geosciences

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations. About 2,200 openings for geoscientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS)  


The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is expected to spur demand for geoscientists. Geoscientists will be involved in discovering and developing sites for traditional and alternative energy sources. For example, geoscientists study wind speeds and patterns to determine sites that are suitable for wind turbines. The increased use of and demand for alternative energy should lead to more jobs for these workers. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS)  

What Geoscientists do

Related Occupations to Geosciences

Explore the various careers in the geosciences where your education and skills learned through the Jackson School can be rewarded as a professional in this field.

Geoscience Career Spotlights

These 3 minute videos highlight diverse professionals working in various Geoscience-related areas using their education, skills, interests and knowledge of science. Each person demonstrates their career path beginning with their degrees to getting experience, whether it be volunteering in research labs or an internship, to advancing in their field and into higher management positions. All videos were produced by UNAVCO interns.

Career Compasses

The American Geosciences Institute compiled career information from the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics and researched various areas of the Geosciences field to easily explore specialty areas. The links below are to printable PDF versions.

Environmental Geologist
Mining Engineer
Petroleum Geology
Data Science 
Geographic Information Science 
Planetary Science 
Ocean Science 
Geoscience Policy 
Atmospheric Science 
Geoscience Faculty

Finding Opportunities While You Are a Student at UT-Austin

The Jackson School uses the career platform, Handshake, which compiles all on campus employment (like orientation advisors, mentors and tutors), internships and full-time jobs for students entering their early career. Be sure to update your student profile before searching for jobs or internships!

The Jackson School also hosts career fairs, networking events, externships and alumni panels that help students get connected with people who can help them understand and attain their ideal career.

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