Career Opportunities

The Professor Is In

I am here to help. I am Karen L. Kelsky, Ph.D.. I am “The Professor.” I spent 15 years as a R1 tenured professor, department head, and university advisor, and I tell you the truth. The truth about grad school. The truth about funding. The truth about the job market. And the truth about tenure. To the best of my ability.

Geosciences: Earth works at nature jobs.com

"There's good news for aspiring geoscientists. Job opportunities at all career stages are on the rise."

Who Will Fill the Geoscience Workforce Supply Gap? (pdf)

Society needs more geoscientists than there are presently students.

Status of Geoscience Workforce: Report Summary, February 2009 (pdf)

The report is based on original data collected by the American Geological Institute, and on existing data from federal data sources, professional membership organizations, and industry data sources. It provides a framework for identifying the strengths and weaknesses in the geoscience human capital system.

Job opportunities in geoscience careers are increasing

A recent article in Nature describes the range of job opportunities and the growing need for geoscientists in the decades ahead.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Careers

Many career paths are possible with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Some of our former students have pursued careers in business, law, and medicine. There are a number organizations to help graduates pursue any of the more common careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. The following list of web sites is designed to be merely a starting point, for information, and are not endorsed by the Department.

The Geological Society of America has a number of useful sites:
Career Development
Internships and Mentor Programs
GeoCorp America summer internships with the National Park Service

American Geological Institute: Earth and Environmental Sciences Careers

American Geophysical Union (must be a member to use their job listings)

American Institute of Professional Geologists: Job Board

American Association of Petroleum GeologistsCareers

Earthworks portal of job and career opportunities for geoscientists.

Career opportunities at EarthSoft.

American Geosciences Institute: 2011 Median Salaries for Geoscience-related Occupations (pdf)

Internships & Careers in Oil Companies

Shell
ConocoPhillips
BP Global
Schlumberger
ExxonMobil
Chevron
Some of these companies recruit in the Department annually during September and October, although most do not interview undergraduates. Schlumberger does recruit seniors and Masters students, however.

Other energy companies that have not recruited in the Department:
Husky Energy
Enerplus

Job Placement Companies

The job placement companies listed below are provided for information only:
CSI Recruiting, oil and gas experts
GeoTemps, Inc.
Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs, an international job board that features 100s of industry related position worldwide