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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


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.