Department of Geosciences - Careers in the Geosciences

Careers in Geology 

Because geology is important in both studies of science and technology, geologists are highly sought after in industry. As a geologist you may find employment not only in exploration and mining, but also in spheres as varied as finance, engineering and construction, analytical and research laboratories, and environmental planning.

Geologists locate and assist in the extraction of mineral deposits such as diamonds, gold, metallic ores, mica, coal and petroleum. Geologists also explore for common materials such as stone aggregate for making concrete and road building, limestone for the cement, fertilizer and chemical industries, and sand for building or glass manufacture. Civil engineers often work with geologists on major building constructions, tunnel development, highway construction and large excavations of all kinds. Environmental Geology emphases improved interaction with our environment using geological principles, and is involved with environmental planning, the safe disposal of waste, avoidance of water pollution, and urban development.

Major employers of geologists are the mining industry, municipal authorities, government bodies, the civil engineering industry, and the oil industry. Geologists are often involved in research work at various research institutes, museums and universities.

Careers in Geography

A degree in Geography or GIS studies will prepare you to work in a diversity of fields. Almost any issue can be looked at from a geographical, marketing, crime, health, conservation, education, politics, tourism, retailing, transport, social services perspective. The list could go on. And that's why a geography background can be relevant to employment in any of those fields, and many more. Spatial data systems, for example, have become a basic necessity for many organizations. Whether you're technology-minded, or more into social science, the reality is that geographical knowledge and skills - or a basic awareness of geographical ways of thinking - can be useful and relevant in any number of occupations.

FHSU Geosciences graduates - out in the world

 Our 2010-2011 Graduates


Keith Goentzel (2003)
GIS Consultant & Developer
MJ Harden a GeoEye Company
Gardner, KS

I work with clients to develop GIS, Lidar, and photogrammetry solutions. We are a subsidiary of the Satellite Imaging company GeoEye. We do GIS, Photogrametry, and Lidar. I work with our GIS and Lidar groups. I am currently working on GIS data integration projects. These integrate GIS and other CIS systems to provide better more accurate business intelligence. I also work on Lidar applications. These application assist in better visualization and classification of Lidar data. I use my GIS and Development skills learned at FHSU such as the basic principles of mapping and the fundimentals of GIS daily. These skills help me produce a more accurate as well as cartographic appeasing product.

Brandon Kessler (1998)
Department Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Wichita, KS

I manage the geotechnical drilling services for Terracon's Wichita office. I also serve as a project manager in the construction materials department and manage the daily field operations of our construction services field technicians. During my years of field operations I used my academic experiences mostly in regard to soil and rock identifications. I've logged many core samples in my years. I miss the hands on stuff now that I'm behind a desk most hours of the day! The participation in activities at FHSU helped me not only meet people with similar interests/major, but it helped me get to know those students within the department on a personnel level.