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Career Profiles

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

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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.

Teaching Geoscience

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

Related links

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