The Geosciences as a Career Choice

An Exciting and Important Career Choice

  • Growth and decay of glaciers
  • Plate tectonics (movements of continents over geologic time)
  • Earthquakes and earth movements
  • The evolution of Homo sapiens
  • Extinctions of dinosaurs and ice-age beasts (think mammoths, Irish Elks and saber-toothed cats)
  • Possible jobs
    In your work as a geoscientist, you could be doing any of the following:

    • Exploring and mapping extensive cave and sinkhole networks
    • Diving in submersibles to collect deep-sea samples
    • Using geo-chemistry to date rocks or extract paleo-climate information
    • Educating students
    • Managing national park resources
    • Serving as a museum technician or exhibit designer
    • Working in petroleum and mineral exploration
    • Monitoring nationwide networks of stream gauges to track water and flood levels
    • Testing for pollutants in groundwater (used for drinking)
    • Enforcing cleanup of polluted sites
    • Monitoring industries that affect public health and safety, such as waste management
    • Creating intricately detailed maps using satellite data
    • Tracking global phenomena such as El Niño and adding to the growing body of evidence for global warming
    • Advising your congresswoman on a wide range of environmental issues
    • Lobbying for environmental justice
    • Working as a conservation specialist for the World Wildlife Fund
    • Writing mystery novels starring a geoscientist.

    As you can see, geoscientists apply their broad knowledge and training to a range of fascinating and important jobs.

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