Geosciences

Geoscience is the study of earth and all of its systems, and geoscientists investigate these interactions using transdisciplinary approaches to address questions related to how the Earth formed, how it evolved over geologic time, and how its continued evolution affects the environment in which we live. With geoscience being such a broad major of the study of the earth, there are many areas in which one could specialize and use to pursue career opportunities. Job opportunities for geoscientists are robust, and the national Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that demand for qualified geoscientists is expected to grow faster than the average of all occupations between 2014-2024.

 

General Career Advice

Those with a background in geosciences can apply their skills and knowledge in a number of sectors: government, industry, academia, nonprofits, and research. To get an idea of the myriad of roles you can pursue with your geosciences major, check out the Workforce Infographic produced by the American Geosciences Institute.

Regardless of your desired career path, each geosciences student should plan to pursue opportunities that provide valuable experiences and skills - such as campus involvement, research, field experience, internships, volunteering, and community engagement. Not only are these great experiences to add to your resume, but they can also help you determine what type of work environments, activities, projects, and “X factors” are a good fit for you.

Check out the Geosciences department website to learn more about geoscience-related opportunities while at Wellesley and beyond – such as: internship and research opportunities, fellowship and award opportunities, and information about professional organizations for geosciences majors.

 

Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Geosciences

If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in geosciences, there are plenty of great resources out there to help you start asking the right questions. Check out the Graduate School resource page in Handshake for a broad overview about graduate school, including the application timeline, asking for references, and financing your education.

When looking for geosciences graduate programs, you will need to do some in-depth research about those programs to gain a better understanding of their admissions requirements, the focus of their degree, research areas of the faculty, and the curriculum for the degree. While there are both objective and subjective factors that go into deciding what type of graduate degree or graduate program to pursue, some questions to start with include:

  • What are the research specialties/areas of the faculty?
  • What research projects do the current graduate student work on?
  • What are facilities, laboratories, libraries, etc. like?
  • What are the outcomes of the graduates — academia, research, industry, government, or other professional areas?
  • What is the quality of life for a Master’s or PhD student?

If you are looking for an in-person consultation about graduate school, a good place to start would be by meeting with Frances Adjorlolo ’08, who is the Career Community Advisor for Technology, Engineering, & Physical Sciences. Additionally, you should plan to speak with the faculty in the geosciences department, as your faculty (especially your advisor) will be an essential resource in your graduate school application process.
 

Career Resources and Professional Organizations

Organizations on Campus

  • Club Rocks

Geoscience Career Resources

Professional Organizations

Updated September 4, 2017
If you have additional resources, please feel free to send them to Frances Adjorlolo at fadjorlo@wellesley.edu.