Geology

What can I do with this discipline/major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for geology

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Environmental and Scientists and Specialists
  • Geological and Petroleum Technicians
  • Geoscientists
  • Hydrologists
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Sales Engineers
    • Consultant
    • Coop Extension Agent
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Environmental Geologist
    • Geochemist
    • Geodynamacist
    • Geologist
    • Geophysics Technician
    • Geo-Technical Engineer
    • Hydrogeologist
    • Hydrologist
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Mining Engineer
    • Park Ranger
    • Petroleum Geologist
    • Petroleum/Mining Manager
    • Planetary Geologist
    • Pollution Control Specialist
    • Pollution Remediator
    • Project Manager
    • Sales Engineer
    • Seismologist
    • Structural Geologist
    • Surveyor
    • Technical Writer
    • Waste Disposal Specialist
    • Water Quality Control Technician

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

additional resources

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. 

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Geology Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

interview questions

Common industry related questions
  • Why did you choose to study geology? What do you like about it?
  • Tell us about your experience using technology (GIS, ARC GIS, etc.) in order to complete a task or project.
  • How do geologists find out the age of mountains?
  • How does technology fit into the field of Geology?
  • Provide me some details about your science background.
  • Give me an example that demonstrates your ability to organize when you have multiple tasks to accomplish.

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

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