On a national scale, geology jobs are projected to grow by 35% in the next decade. This is nearly 3 times the expected average growth rate all jobs. In Louisiana alone, there will be between 100,000 and 195,000 jobs created in fields like water management and oil/gas production over the next 20 years. Most of these jobs are high paying. The average starting salary for a petroleum geologist with a BS degree is $96,000/year.
What Do Geologists Do?
Geologists with a bachelor’s degree may choose to go on to get a master’s degree or may find employment in the following industries:
- Astrogeologist or planetary geologist
- Engineering geologist
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental geologist
- Geological surveyor
- Geology professor
- Glacial geologist
- High school science teacher
- Mining geologist
- Natural history or natural science museum curator
- Petroleum geologist
- Soil scientist
- Structural geologist
- And many more...
The Office of Career Services is a division of Student Affairs and provides services to UL Lafayette students and alumni in career planning, development, and job-seeking strategies. They are the major link between students/alumni and potential employers.
Scholarships, Internships & Jobs
University scholarships and internships with local companies are available, and Geology graduates wishing to remain in this area consistently find employment in Lafayette. Our graduates have many out-of-state job opportunities as well.