Professionals in the exciting field of geology investigate the mysteries of the Earth with the objective of promoting a clean environment, reducing the impact of natural disasters and providing natural resources for modern life.
- Some geologists work in urban and rural environments studying earthquakes, landslides, and floods.
- Other geologists search for oil, gas and mineral resources.
- Geologists teach in grade schools, community colleges and universities.
- Research that geologists conduct further develops our understanding of the world around us.
Geoscience careers offer competitive salaries and benefits packages.
Some examples of representative salaries include: $57,470 for environmental scientists; $50,000 for middle and high school teachers; $67,260 for hydrogeologists; and geologists working for the government can expect between $50,000 (state) and $75,000 (US Dept Labor, 2005).
Petroleum geologists can expect starting salaries of more than $76,500 (BS) to $83,300 (MS) (AAPG, 2006).
Some of the companies that have employed our graduates include:
- IT companies
- Kleinfelder, Inc.
- Numerous High Schools in California and other states
- National Resource Conservation Service
- Environmental Resolutions
- Condor Earth Technologies
- Dillard Environmental
- CA Department of Fish and Game
- CA Department of Transportation
- Channel Islands State Park
- Peace Corps