A Degree in Earth and Climate Sciences: Jobs, Salaries and Projected Job Growth


A bachelor’s degree in EACS at Bates can prepare you well for beginning a career in the geosciences, and/or environmental science.

In 2018, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for geoscientists  was $91,130.   The median annual salary for environmental scientists was $79,130.  These salaries represent the median (half the salaries are below these values and half of the salaries are above these values) for working geoscientists (except hydrologists) and environmental scientists in all fields and at all levels.

With continued high demand for workers in the fields of resource management, alternative energy extraction and planning, and environmental protection, the number of jobs available in the geosciences and environmental sciences are projected to grow!  Between 2016 to 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in job availability of 14% in geosciences and 11% in environmental sciences. These projected job growth rates are significantly higher than than the projected growth rate for all occupations in the U.S over the same time period.

To learn more about the types of jobs available for students majoring in Geology,  please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and search for Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, and/or Hydrology.