There are a wide variety of careers in the geosciences, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of available jobs will continue to grow over the next decade.
Geoscientists are on the forefront of studying, solving, and educating people about the significant environmental problems facing society today. Our understanding of climate change, natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes, and the distribution and extraction of natural resources, come from the work done by geoscientists.
Geoscientists work in academia, private industry, nonprofit organizations, education, and the government. Many geoscience careers require a master’s degree for entry; reputable geoscience graduate programs usually waive tuition and pay a stipend for grad student TAs and RAs.
Biology and Environmental Studies majors who specialized in geosciences at Holy Cross before and after the minor existed have been accepted into competitive geoscience graduate programs. If you are interested in a career or graduate school in the geosciences, you should consult with the coordinator of the geosciences program (Prof. Mitchell).
Pursuing Graduate Studies
If you are interested in the science components of geosciences, we recommend majoring in science or math at Holy Cross (biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics) and getting a minor in geoscience. Most geosciences graduate programs require a year of study in calculus, chemistry, and physics for admission regardless of major. To be competitive in the admission process we advise you to plan ahead and preemptively take those courses.
Most medium-to-large universities have Geoscience (or related) graduate programs. Read an excellent summary (PDF) written by Nathan Toké and Ramón Arrowsmith of Arizona State University on how to approach looking for an appropriate grad program.
Information About Geoscience Careers
- View a summary of geoscience careers from the American Geosciences Institute
- View statistics on geoscience careers from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Read a 2011 article in Nature on the encouraging trends in geoscience career opportunities