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


Dale Gnidovec (1978)
Curator, Orton Geological Museum
Ohio State University
Pataskala, OH

I curate the collections, oversee the exhibit hall and the Museum Store, give guided tours, identify rocks, minerals, bones & fossils brought in by the public, give presentations to school and scout groups, and occasionally teach historical geology. I probably would not have gotten my job without the experience I had at the Sternberg Museum.

Ted Fritz (1977)
Geologist/Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Prairie Village, KS

I am responsible for regulating injection of fluids associated with oil and gas production, industrial or municipal wastes, mining of salt and uranium, Carbon Dioxide sequestration, geothermal heating and cooling. I also plug abandoned water and other wells and oversee general protection of ground water resources. My work is primarily in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. A knowledge of Geology is very useful in understanding the potential for strata to receive and contain fluids through wells (some over 5,000 feet deep in this region). It also helps to delineate what aquifers need to be protected against contamination. At FHSU, my studies helped me to hone a knowledge of and appreciation for geology and the natural world.