Why Study Earth Science

United States Department of Labor Statistics for Earth Scientists:

Fast Facts:
Overall, Earth Scientists have an average to above average job outlook (i.e. growth in job availability).
Median pay is very high! For example, $91,130 (geoscientist), $71,130 (environmental specialist/scientist), $94,110 (atmospheric scientist), $61,340 (conservation scientist/forester)

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What do Earth Scientists Study?

  • Natural Hazards and Disasters
  • Natural Resources (Management and Conservation)
  • Environmental Issues and Conservation
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Climatology and Climate Change
  • Weather/Meteorology
  • Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes
  • Soil Formation and Conservation
  • Surface Water, like Rivers and Lakes
  • Landslides, Debris Flows, Rock Falls, and other Mass Wasting Processes
  • Glacial Processes and Landforms, Climate Change Impact on Glaciers
  • Plate Tectonics, Mountain Building, and Earthquakes
  • Educating about Earth Science (K12, Public Outreach, etc.)
  • and much more

What Skills Do You Learn Studying Earth Science?

  • Scientific Research
  • Communication Skills
  • Data Synthesis and Interpretation
  • Computer Skills
  • Geospatial Technology Skills
  • Scientific Methods
  • Scientific Writing
  • Field Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Environmental Awareness

Earth Science Career Opportunities

  • Conservation Scientist*
  • Educator – K12
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Forest/Park Ranger
  • Forester
  • Geographer
  • Geomorphologist
  • Grant Writer
  • Meteorologist*
  • Climatologist*
  • Naturalist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer*
  • Environmental Scientist*
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Natural Resource Exploration
  • Natural Hazards Consultant
  • Hydrologist*
  • Professor*
  • Research Scientist*
  • Soil Scientist*

*these careers may need more courses or advanced degrees.

Potential Employers

  • Museums & Libraries
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Research Labs & Organizations
  • Science and Nature Centers
  • University Extension Programs
  • Environmental Engineering and Consulting
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Tourism Industry
  • and much more