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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).

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

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

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.

Careers Advice from Future Morph

The Science Council's careers website for young people, parents and teachers