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Career Profiles

The following pages give details of the careers to date of a variety of geoscientists. The section will be expanded as new contributions are received, with a view to more fully reflecting the spectrum of jobs that are available. We are very grateful to the individuals who have taken the time to send in details of their careers so far. 

Read career descriptions from the current group of professional geoscientists (listed by job title, with sector of employment in brackets).

Engineering Geologist (Geotechnical) ""
Engineering Geologist (Site Investigation)
Environmental Consultant ""
Exploration Geologist (Oil & Gas)
Exploration Manager (Mineral & Ore Deposits) ""
Exploration Geologist (Base Metals)
Assistant Keeper of Natural History ""
Chief Geologist, Royal Engineers
Reservoir Geophysicist ""
Engineering Geologist
"" Geophysicist (Mineral & Ore Deposits) ""
Geophysicist (Oil & Gas)
"" Geoscientist (Oil & Gas) ""
Groundwater Modeller
"" New Ventures Manager (Oil & Gas) ""
Principal Geophysicist (Oil & Gas)
"" Remote Sensing Geologist ""
Researcher Development Officer
"" Science Teacher ""
Sedimentology PhD Student
"" Seismologist ""
Senior Hydrogeologist
"" Vice President Geosciences ""

Options for non-graduates

Geotechnical staff who do not have degrees are employed by regulatory organisations, oil and gas companies, engineering and water companies, and academic and research institutes. 

Technical jobs include well-logging activities; obtaining and processing geophysical data; preparing geological maps and sections; groundwater monitoring; laboratory testing of water , soil and rock samples; and teaching support. Entry requirements vary but leaving school with one A level and approx 5 C-grade or above GSCE subjects will allow you to gain access to further training such as Higher National Diplomas, which are required for some geotechnical posts.

Geoscience Careers Leaflet


Our careers leaflet / poster sets out the different fields in which geoscientists work, and the initial choices for students who wish to enter the profession.

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Teaching Geoscience

Teaching in a classroom

  • A degree in geoscience may open the door to a career as a school teacher. Find out about teaching geoscience in UK schools.



  • Detailed information on hydrogeology as a career has also been prepared by the Hydrogeology Specialist Group of the Geological Society.