Jobs in Geosciences

Geology and meteorology majors ready to interview with Roux: Environmental Consulting & Management
Geology and meteorology majors ready to interview with Roux: Environmental Consulting & Management
Networking event with alumni at Majors' Night co-sponsored by Alumni Association)
Networking event with alumni at Majors' Night (co-sponsored by Alumni Association)
Geology students participating in networking event at Majors' Night
Geology students participating in networking event at Majors' Night
Tyson Robb Class of '11 (on left) speaking with geology student
Tyson Robb Class of '11 (on left) speaking with geology student
Meteorology alumni Dr. Margaret LaFarr Class of '89 (on left) and Delaney Martin Class of '18 at Majors' Night Nov '19
Meteorology alumni Dr. Margaret LaFarr Class of '89 (on left) and Delaney Martin Class of '18 at Majors' Night
Meteorology alumnus Connor Chapman Class of '17 (on right) speaks with geology student at Majors' Night
Meteorology alumnus Connor Chapman Class of '17 (on right) speaks with geology student at Majors' Night
Graduate Placement Data

During the period of 2013–2019, 167 majors graduated from the department. Most earth science education (AEES/ESCI) majors go directly into teaching after graduation and some attend graduate school. The majority of meteorology (METR) majors choose a M.S. or Ph.D. program. Geology (GEOL) majors either choose a M.S. program or gain employment in environmental firms after graduation. Some of them do both.

Graduate Placement Data (Fall 2013–Spring 2019; N = 148)
Number Percent
Graduate School (M.S. or Ph.D.) 36 23%
Employment in Discipline 44 28%
Employment Not in Discipline 12 7%
Total Employment 56 36%
Graduate School Examples Employer examples
Central Washington University Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) New York
Florida State University Dep. of Natural Resources (DNR) State of Washington
Northern Arizona Engineering Geologist at JHB Engineering PLLC
The Ohio State University Environmental Scientist II at WSP USA
St. Louis University Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School
University of Calgary Laurel Environmental Geosciences DPC
University of Delaware National Weather Service
University of Albany Planner-Traineee/Recycling Coordinator at Otsego County New York
Vanderbilt University Water Resources Planner at Stantec

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and AGI Status Report

  • Employment in the U.S. is expected to increase from 162.8 million jobs to 168.8 million jobs between 2019 and 2029.
  • The geoscience workforce is projected to grow by 4.9%.
  • The majority of geoscience job growth over the coming decade will be within the professional, scientific and technical services sector where 39% of geoscientists currently work.
  • Geoscientist jobs are projected to increase by 5.0%.
  • Atmospheric and space scientists jobs are projected to increase by 7.1%.
  • 27% of the existing workforce is expected to retire by 2029.
  • The expected geoscience workforce deficit will be approximately 130,000 full-time equivalent geoscientists by 2029.
  • Geoscience Workforce Projections here

Careers by AGI

Geology Employment Opportunity Links


EarthWorks– This is international with all kinds of jobs requiring various levels of expertise. Click your field of interest.

Environmental Jobs– This is much broader than just geology. Many good links to other lists here.

Eco-jobs– This site includes air-quality jobs and many others.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation– For job vacancies at NYSDEC click on the Permanent Employment link. There is also a seasonal employment page with an application form.

Air and Waste Management Association job site– If you are interested in a job in air pollution pull down the Resources menu to Career Center.

Sustainability Degrees– Not a job site but has information about careers in sustainability.

New York Career Zone– A general job site for New York State where you can learn about careers and find jobs with specific attributes.

Meteorology Employment Opportunity Links


USAJOBS– Searching for jobs and applying to the Federal Government. All National Weather Service positions come through this site.

American Meteorological Society Employment Announcements– Jobs posted within the last 14 days can only be accessed by AMS members. You should be a member of the AMS in any case.

AGU career center– Jobs in the geophysical sciences that often include meteorology and climate-related positions.

Penn State Meteorology US and Canada job listings– Very good comprehensive site.

UCAR current listings– Another large employer of meteorologists. UCAR is in Colorado.

Indeed.com– A private company with links to meteorology job openings (that's where the link takes you). Many are broadcast meteorology but there are other jobs, too.

One of the great resources on campus is the Career Development Center. Click on the red box below to see for yourself.

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