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Tuesday's feature: Discovering careers in the Earth sciences


Does Planet Earth fascinate you? There are so many different areas of Earth science to work in, from geology to hydrogeology, soil science to oceanography. Holly Margerison from the Science Council explains how you can find out more...

There are still so many unanswered questions about the Earth. How did it form, how did it work, and what will it look like in the future? Earth scientists play a vital role in shaping the research and building our scientific evidence base to increase public knowledge and awareness. Whether you're interested in the shape of the Earth, the oceans and seas that cover our planet, or the gases that enable life to breathe and grow, there are countless ways to pursue an interest in the Earth sciences.

Where do you see yourself? We may just be able to help you answer that one...

Future Morph is the Science Council’s website designed to provide information for young people, their parents and teachers about careers available from studying science and maths. It is designed to show that studying science, technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 isn’t just a one track road to a life in a lab – the skills and knowledge you gain are valuable in almost any career and will make you very employable. For more information see

To get you started, why not check out this link to have a look at some of the areas you could work in and the skills that you would need.

You could start with a PhD like Jennifer or Laura, who are able to combine their experimental lab work with field work in various countries around the world to answer their research questions.

You could become a geoscientist like Samme, or a soil scientist like Jon. Maybe you would like to consider teaching, or lecturing university students like Matt and Jamie.

Whichever direction you do decide to go in, you will be able to make a huge impact. Your planet needs you – it’s time to come forward.

For more information on career opportunities from science and maths, visit the Future Morph website at