What Can I do With a Degree in Geology / Earth Science?

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Ideas for Careers and Places of Employment for Geology / Earth Science Majors

List of Employers and Job Titles Generated from Keyword Searches of Jobs Databases and Job Search Engines

This list of employers and job titles was generated by searching jobs databases, job search engines, and employer web pages (PSU Handshake, Oregon Employment Department jobs database, state of Washington jobs, USAJobs, indeed.com, glassdoor.com, idealist.org, and Mac’s List) as well as LinkedIn profiles. Some of the keywords used, include: earth science, geologic consulting, geologist, geology, geological, geoscience, geotechnical, and physical science. This list does not represent every possible job title or employer for students who major in Geology or Earth Science. The University Career Center provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration

  • AECOM: Entry-Level Geologist, Geologist, Project Manager/Geologist, Staff Geologist/Scientist II
  • Anchor QEA: Geologist
  • Apex Consulting: Staff Geologist
  • Arcadis: Environmental Task Manager, Geologist 1
  • Aspect Consulting: Entry-Level Hydrogeologist, Staff Hydrogeologist, Entry-Level Water Right Specialist
  • ATC Group: Senior Project Manager
  • Audubon Society of Portland: Environmental Educator
  • Black and Veatch: Environmental Project Manager
  • Broadbent and Associates: Senior Staff Geologist/Engineer
  • Cardno: Environmental Scientist/Wetland Scientist
  • Carlson Geotechnical: Geotechnical Staff I
  • Cornforth Consultants: Project Geologist
  • EES Environmental Consulting: Field Geology Staff
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist/Life Scientist
  • Environmental Works: Environmental Field Technician
  • Farallon Consulting: Associate/Senior Geologist
  • GeoDesign: Project Geologist, Geological Staff 1
  • GeoPacific Engineering: Geotechnician
  • GRI: Geology Staff 
  • Hahn and Associates: Senior Project Manager - Geologist, Project Manager
  • HNTB: Scientist II - Transportation Biologist
  • Impact NW: All Kids are Scientists (AKA) Science Program Coordinator II
  • Jacobs Engineering: Geologist
  • Landau Associates: Senior Project Geologist
  • Langan: Geologist
  • NV5: Project Manager
  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries: Geologist
  • Oregon Department of Transportation: Associate in Geology 1, Associate in Geology 2, Geology Specialist, Right of Way Agent 2 / Senior Right of Way Agent
  • Oregon Department of Transportation: Geologist, Geologist I - Unstable Slopes Program Assistant, Engineering Specialist 3 (Project Inspector), Engineering Specialist I (Survey Drafter), Field Geologist
  • Oregon DEQ: Air Quality Natural Resource Specialist 3, Clean Fuel Pathways Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4), Climate Policy Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 4), Greenhouse Gas Reporting Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3), Water Quality Permit Specialist
  • Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI): Product Review Coordinator
  • Parametrix: Hydrogeologist
  • PBS Engineering + Environmental: Project Geologist, Senior Geologist, Staff Geologist
  • Plateau Geoscience Group: Staff Geologist I
  • Pli Systems: Geologist
  • Puget Sound Energy: Senior Project Manager
  • Quantum Spatial: Remote Sensing Analyst
  • RESCOM Environmental Corp: Environmental Scientist
  • SAIC: Environmental Technician/Scientist
  • SCS Engineers: Entry-Level Environmental Scientist / Geologist
  • Shannon and Wilson: Geologist, Hydrogeologist
  • SoundEarth Strategies: Geologist
  • Spectrum Petrographics: Geoscience Technician
  • SWCA Environmental Consultants: GIS Specialist:
  • Terracon: Field Geologist
  • URS: Geologist, Project Manager
  • US Army Corps of Engineers: Geologist
  • US Department of Agriculture: Interdisciplinary GIS Specialist
  • US Federal Highway Administration: Geologist
  • US Geological Survey: Hydrologist
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services: Hydrologist
  • USGS: Geologist; Hydrologic Technician
  • Washington Department of Ecology: Hydrologist (Hydrogeologist 2)
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources: State Lands Geologist

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. This is not a list of current openings. Generally, classification specifications provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Salary information may also  be included. You can review this information to identify kinds of government jobs you might be interested in exploring. Keywords used to generate this list: geology, earth science, physical science, natural science.


City of Hillsboro  Classification Specifications with salary information

City of Portland  Classification Specifications2019-20 Salary Information by Job Classes


Washington County Classification Specifications with salary information


Oregon Job Profiles with salary information

Washington Classified Job Specification

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Resources with Career-Related Information for Geology / Earth Science Majors

Occupational Outlook Handook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Describes "the nature of the work, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects".

Career Compass from the American Geosciences Institute: Describes geoscience-related occupational areas or job titles:

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Professional Associations

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