Careers and the Future

A degree in geoscience (that’s geology, geophysics, or both, perhaps combined with a joint honours subject), is an excellent route to a great career. Generally our students follow one of four routes on graduations

  • ~45% of graduates go directly into employment as geologists, mostly in petroleum, geological engineering, environmental, and mining jobs. Some work for national organisations such as the Environment Agency and the British Geological Survey, others work for smaller consultancy companies.
  • ~30% of graduates continue training, mostly to complete MScs or PhDs. MSc qualifications are usually vocational, in areas such as petroleum production and exploration, mining, or natural hazard mitigation, and provide excellent routes into a range of organization, small and large, that require specialist geological skills. A PhD qualification is a route either into academia, or into larger companies that require researchers, for example multinational oil exploration and production companies, Many of these careers can involve overseas postings, providing excellent opportunities to travel.
  • ~5% of graduates go on to do a PGCE, and take up teaching positions in a wide variety of schools, mostly teaching either science or geography.
  • ~20% take employment in other areas, making use of the excellent transferable skills learned from their degree, for example numeracy, independent problem solving, and effective team work. Non-geological careers range from accountancy, management consultancy, the Civil Service, the armed forces, to starting a business.

And aside from this, a few students every year decide they want to take some time to travel before they decide on their next career step; the independence and problem solving skills they learned make geoscience graduates very good travelers.