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Geoscience addresses important issues such as energy, meteorology, water and mineral resources, stewardship of the environment, oceanography, reducing natural hazards for society, planetary science and more.
This degree not only allows students to work on many of society’s most important challenges, but it also unlocks lucrative and personally rewarding careers in industry, academia, research and government. The program provides students with an understanding of core geoscience concepts such as the scientific method, Earth systems, the age of Earth, water cycling on Earth, evolution of life on Earth, natural resources and energy, natural disasters and human impacts on Earth environments.
The career trajectory of people with a Geosciences degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Geosciences degrees have experience in is Geospatial Information Scientist, followed by Geologist, Cartographer, Geographer, Meteorologist, Lawn Care Specialist, Urban Planner, Surveyor, Drafter, and Software Engineer.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Geospatial Information Scientist||4.9%||0.0%||446.8×|
|Lawn Care Specialist||1.7%||0.1%||27.1×|
Geosciences graduates earn on average $36k, putting them in the 45th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$21k|
|Median (average earners)||$36k|
|75th (top earners)||$41k|
Geosciences graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||43%|