What Can I Do With a Major in Geology?

Geology students at Bates not only study the Earth, they see a lot of it firsthand — from the coast of Maine to sheltered, inland lakes, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Arctic, from New Mexico to Scotland. Classes take you to the field and back to the laboratory for the kind of experience that leads to thinking like a geologist.

-Bates Geology Department

Related Careers

The hottest areas of geologic employment have been in “environmental consulting” which involves the protection and reclamation of the natural environment. This includes water resources (hydrology) and pollution abatement (landfills, chemical spills, etc.) and these opportunities can lead to owning a private consulting business. There are also employment opportunities in many parts of the country where geologic hazards (floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes) necessitate close consultation among geologists, urban planners and engineers. There are also opportunities with energy and mining companies who are experiencing rapid growth due to the increasing demand of the world for energy. These jobs exist in both the government and private sectors.

Other professional opportunities exist in oil and gas exploration, metals exploration, teaching high school earth science or general science, and, in rarer instances, university professorships.


  • Toshiba America Foundation, NYC
  • Assistant Teacher, Kroka Expeditions
  • Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, ME
  • Intern, City of Millburn, NJ
  • Research Intern, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, ME
  • Research Intern, Center for Earth, Ocean and Atmosperic Sciences, Oregon State University