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Geoscience Careers

See Yourself as a Geoscientist

Choosing a career is an important and difficult process. There will be new skills to learn but you also want to be happy doing the day-to-day work. Visualizing yourself in the role of a geoscientist is a useful exercise. Start by asking a mentor—a teacher or college professor—about the career decisions he or she made. There are several good videos that will give you a glimpse of life as a geoscientist. Check these links:

You will discover that geoscience is a very broad field and there are many specialty areas. You will have favorite classes in college, but should not feel pressured to pick a career specialty until you graduate. The links below will explain some of the different career paths available in geoscience. Browsing job sites like or can give you ideas about current jobs and the areas where employers are hiring.

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Careers in Paleontology Paleontology demands more planning than other geoscience specialties. A paleontologist is a paleobiologist, a person who studies life of the past. Preparation for a paleontology career should include at least a minor in biology. Courses might include zoology (both invertebrates and vertebrates), botany, comparative anatomy, human anatomy, animal and plant classification, ecology, and biology field courses. Some of these sites will be helpful in planning your paleontology career.


Links to information about internships in geoscience

Typical Four-Year Course Plan

The template below will give you an indication of the courses you will take.

The courses listed in the template include everything you would need to graduate with a comprehensive major in geoscience in four years, plus one summer course (field camp). Your plan of study will probably be different depending on your interests and career path. You should talk to your advisor every semester and plan at least a year into the future.