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Fort Hays State University
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Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Careers in Geosciences

Geosciences graduates enjoy a variety of exciting careers in education, government, and business. Geoscientists find rewarding careers in exploration and mining, finance, engineering and construction, analytical and research laboratories, environmental planning, and in dozens of other fields.

Geology: 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.

Geography: Because almost any issue can be examined from a geographical perspective (marketing, crime, health, conservation, education, politics, tourism, retailing, social services, etc.), a geography degree will prepare you for an exciting career in dozens of fields.

GIS: Skilled GIS experts are in great demand in business, government, and science. Job growth in GIS is expected to be among the highest of all fields over the coming decade, and starting salaries are above average.

Employers of Recent Geosciences Graduates
City of Hays
South Dakota School of Mines
Kansas Department of Transportation
U.S. Forest Service
Westminster College
Northrop Grumman Information Systems
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
American Museum of Natural History in New York City
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
DePaul University
University of Iowa
Several small companies specializing in petroleum geology and/or geospatial technologies

Graduate Schools Our Graduates Have Attended
University of Michigan
University of Montana
University of Missouri–Rolla
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Oklahoma State University
Texas Tech University
University of California, Berkeley
South Dakota School of Mines


Check out these career links from the American Geological Institute:

Check out these national organization for more information:

Check out these sites with geology job listings:

Additional related sites:

Additional career assistance is available through FHSU Career Services.


Geography Career Outlooks from National Organizations

Careers in Geography — Association of American Geographers
What can you do as a geographer? — Association of American Geographers
Careers in Geography Institute of Australian Geographers
URISA 2000 Salary Survey for IT/GIS Professionals

Job Search Information and Career Opportunities Listings

 Visit the Geosciences Job posting and Resources page to view current job openings and additional resources for job searches as well as career building opportunities.

Western US GIS Job Search Page
Careers in GIS from
The Chronicle of Higher Education - Job Openings
The Monster Board
The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse
Geo Job Source 
GeoSearch, Inc. - Professional Recruitment Services
Geotimes Classifieds
GIS Employment Resources
Earthworks - Jobs
URISA 2011 Salary Survey for IT/GIS Professionals
Careers in GIS from
Jobs in Higher Education
Employment Resources in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Oceanic Sciences

Additional career assistance is available through FHSU Career Services.

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