As a geology graduate, your expertise in undertaking field and laboratory investigations combined with your teamworking, communication and analytical skills make you an attractive prospect for many employers...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
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Fieldwork in both the UK and overseas is a key part of geology courses and provides practical experience. Some courses also offer a year out, either abroad or in industry, providing further opportunities to broaden your skill set and establish a network of contacts.
Some graduates choose to enhance their qualifications and skills by undertaking paid or voluntary work on short-term environmental projects in the UK or abroad. Whether or not you decide to continue in the geology field, a period spent gaining work experience or shadowing can help you make decisions about your future career and you will also find it motivating when you apply your expertise to solve problems in a different context.
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Many geology graduates enter professions directly related to their degree. Popular roles include exploration and production, water supply, environmental engineering and geological surveying. Other areas of work include environmental planning, hydrogeology and pollution control.
Typical employers of geology graduates include:
Other employers include the:
Overseas work in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada can be a common feature of careers using geology. Some experienced professionals may also become self-employed consultants.
Your geology degree will provide you with specific knowledge related to your programme of study and module choices. The practical field work you carry out as part of your degree equips you with expertise in undertaking field and laboratory investigations.
Transferable skills gained on your course include:
Further study is a popular option for geology graduates. Those wishing to get into a particular field of geology, such as mining engineering, engineering geology or the minerals industry, can undertake a relevant MSc course offered by a number of universities. Taking an MSc in petroleum geoscience is an option for those wanting to get into the petroleum industry.
Other examples of postgraduate courses include petroleum engineering, petroleum geogphysics, earth sciences, hydrogeology, waste management and nuclear decommissioning.
A small number of students also continue onto PhDs. By studying at postgraduate level, you will further develop your specialist knowledge, research skills and communication skills.
Further study is also needed for a move into professions such as law, teaching, librarianship or journalism.
More than half of geology graduates are in work six months after graduating, with around one in six in the UK working as geologists and mineralogists. Other top professions include geophysicists, civil engineers, laboratory technicians and environmental professionals.
A quarter go on to further study with another 3.5% combining work and study.
|Working and studying||3.5%|
|Technicians and other professionals||15.2%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||14.0%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||9.2%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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