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What is Geology? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Geosciences

What is Geology?

According to Earth Science World, Geology is the scientific study of the origin, history and structure of the earth or structure of the solid matter of a celestial body. Studying the structure could mean a specific region of the earth's crust.

Geology - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Aerial Photographer Instrumental Technician Planetary Geologist
Agricultural Engineer Laboratory Technician Pollution Control Specialist
Architect Landscape/Nursery Manager Pollution Remediator
Astronomer Marine Advisor Project Manager
Cartographer Materials Analyst Prospector
Computer Analyst Mathematician Sales Engineer
Consultant Medical Doctor Scientific Photographer
Coop Extension Agent Meteorologist Sedimentologist
Environmental Consultant Mineralogist Seismologist
Environmental Geologist Mining Engineer Soil Scientist
Environmental Lawyer National Park Service Soil Scientist - Agriculture
Forest Ranger Oceanographer Stratigraper
Geochemist Paleoceanographer Structural Geologist
Geodynamacist Paleoclimatologist Surveyor
Geologist Paleontologist Technical Writer
Geomorphologist Park Naturalist Urban/Regional Planner
Geophysical Exploration Park Ranger US Foreign Service Worker
Geophysicist Parks- Natural Resource Manager Volcanologist
Geophysics Technician Peace Corps Worker Waste Disposal Specialist
Geo-Technical Engineer Petroleum Engineer Waste Management
Glacial Geologist Petroleum Geologist Water Quality Control Technician
Hydrogeologist Petroleum/Mining Manager Water Remote Sensing
Hydrologist Petrologist Well Logging Specialist
Industrial Hygienist    

Related Skills

Define Research Problems Field Sampling Prepare Technical Reports
Design Equipment & Simulations Observe, Gather & Analyze Data Review Scientific Literature
Develop Research Models/Proposals Identify Materials/Specimens See Relationships in Factors
Draw Meaningful Conclusions Maintain Records Summarize research
Establish Hypothesis Mathematical Modeling Use Technical Instruments
Establish/Control Designs Measure Distances & Relationships Utilize Math Formulas
Evaluate Ideas Perform Calculations  

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Think Responsible Jobs

Geology Jobs

Geoscience Research & Technical Jobs

Oil and Gas Job Search


Wetland Jobs Board

Water Environment Job Bank

GeoWeb Jobs

GIS Job Clearinghouse

Jobs with the National Park Service


Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Earth & Physical Sciences

American Geological Institute Careers in Geosciences - Provides beneficial information on the different types of careers in Geosciences

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - A beneficial resource for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the science field

Geological Mining and Engineering Sciences

Geology Links

Science Careers

Guide to Outdoor/Environmental Careers

Professional Association Links

Geological Society of America - Provides information on different resources and jobs in the geological field

Association for Women Geoscientists - Learn about this association and what kind of career opportunities there are in the geosciences field

American Association of Petroleum Geologists - Get informed on what this association is all about and what it could possibly do for your future as a geology major

Society of Petroleum Engineers


Miscellaneous Links


About: Geology

Earth Magazine


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