Career Opportunities for Majors in Geological Sciences


A geological sciences major seeks to understand the earth and its physical, chemical and biological evolution. The required core curriculum is suitable for most types of geological employment and for graduate study. The core can be supplemented with additional courses or joint majors leading to specializations such as geophysics, geological education, marine studies, and environmental geology.

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) offers a B.A. degree and the School of Environmental and Biological

Sciences (SEBS) offers a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences, with two options: Geology and Environmental Geology. This major prepares students for a wide range of careers in industry, government and education. Many specialties require further graduate training either for career entry or advancement.

Although most graduates will find work in a related field, some may choose a career which does not require this specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated problem solving skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choice, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, undergraduate research and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Earth Science Teacher Hydrogeologist Surveyor
Ecologist Natural Resource Manager Technical Support Representative
Environmental Consultant Naturalist Technical Writer
Environmental Engineer Science Librarian Water Quaslity Specialist
Geologist Soil Scientist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Colleges/Universities Environmental Consulting Firms Scientific Journals
Energy organizations (Petroleum, Coal, Natural Gas) Natural history museums Testing Labs
Engineering Firms Private Schools Waste Management Companies
Environmental Advocacy Groups Public Schools
Government Agencies
Bureau of Reclamation NJ Geological Survey Soil Conservation Service
Forest Service National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Travel and Tourism Dept.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Office of Naval Research U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NJ Department of Transportation Peace Corps U.S. Geological Survey

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Geological Sciences

Organization Job Title
Soil Conservation Service Cartographic Aid
Watchung School District Earth Science Teacher
Lutz Environmental Co. Geologist
NJ DEP Geologist
Woodward Clyde Geologist
Mellick and Tulley Engineering Geotechnician
VG/Fisons Mass Spectrometer Specialist
PVH Corp. Floor Supervisor
Rutgers University Postsecondary Teachers
Selman & Associates, Ltd. Wellsite Geologist
Arcadis Geologist
Rutgers University Research Assistant
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Geological Sciences

Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith (JD) Attorney
Science Department, Bergen Catholic High School (MS) Chair
Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Geologist
NULAfter School Program, Dawson School (MA Educ./Counseling & Guidance)L Director
Chevron (PhD) Geologist
Raytheon Seismographic Service Geophysicist
Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection Hydrogeologist
Sampson International Ltd. President
U.S. Geological Survey (MS) Petroleum Geologist
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences, Penn. State (PhD) Post-doctoral Scholar
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
New York Law School JD Law
Ohio State University PhD Geology
Rutgers University MS Geology
Rutgers University PhD Geology
University of Nevada M.Ed. Education/Counseling
University of South Carolina PhD Geology
University of Southern Mississippi Geological Oceanography

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