Careers in Earth sciences

Geologists are in demand globally. From meeting challenges associated with sustaining energy supplies, to developing low-carbon economies, and understanding, designing and mitigating against changing climates, there are many exciting opportunities available to you.

Most earth scientists working in the UK are employed in the hydrocarbons sector, working for oil companies or for specialist service companies that support oil and gas exploration and production. However, many also work as engineering geologists in the construction industries or for water and environmental service companies and agencies, as well as the traditional sectors such as the mining and quarrying industries, in research or education. 

Our Earth science graduates have a strong track record, gaining employment both within geology-related industries and across a number of different professions and organisations. Skills such as those developed in laboratory and fieldwork, in independent study and team working, stand you in good stead for work in a range of fields. There are also a number of options for further study at masters and PhD level.

In your final year of study, we spend time on employability topics and many of our students use the subject-specific knowledge and skills they acquire to gain employment worldwide in earth science-related industries.

The University organises a GeoCareers Fair and a Girls into Geoscience event each year - these are both designed to showcase the career options available to graduates.

GeoCareers Fair

We are the only UK university to organise a specialist Earth Sciences Careers Fair. This annual event is sponsored by the Geological Society of London (SW Regional Group) and is attended by dozens of companies, primarily in the hydrocarbon and engineering geology fields, looking to employ geoscience graduates. This event provides our students with unparalleled opportunities to make contact with potential employers and many of the employers actually send our own former students to the fair to act as their ambassadors in recruiting new staff.

Find out when our next GeoCareers Fair is on

Girls into Geoscience

Introduction to Earth sciences and careers open to graduates today. 

This exciting two day event (with optional field trip), will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today.

Join us at our next event