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Undergraduate Career Information

Career Information for Geologists

AGI - Geoscience Careers Workforce Infographic

Salaries for geologists are on the rise, and there is an ongoing shortage of geologists in industry. Although the M.S. degree is the professional degree in geology, undergraduates find employment immediately after graduation, often in environmental, mining, and petroleum-related areas.

Now is a great time to become a geologist. The American Geological Institute has an excellent description of careers in the geosciences and the U.S. Department of Labor has websites on career opportunities for geoscientists and similar occupations.

Students with an M.S. degree will find a greater number of career choices, generally larger salaries, and greater potential for advancement. The University of South Dakota maintains a [list of Geoscience Departments in the United States and Canada].


Federal and Private Employment


Professional Resources

  • Certification as a professional geologist is required in many states, and the National Associate of State Boards of Geology has a helpful website on the Professional Geologist (PG) exam.
  • Novoresume career guide to help people find a sustainable career.

External Resources for Continuing Geoscience Education

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