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What can I do with a degree in geology?


From the Geological Society of London, click image to enlarge

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
  • Geochemist
  • Geological surveyor
  • Geology professor
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Gemologist
  • Glacial geologist
  • High school science teacher
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Mining geologist
  • Natural history or natural science museum curator
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petrologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Seismologist
  • Structural geologist
  • Volcanologist
  • 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.