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Career Paths

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.

Competitive Salaries


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
  • DeltaKeeper
  • 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
  • Woodward-Clyde
  • Peace Corps