What Can I Do with an MHC Major in Geology?

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • NSF-REU projects at numerous universities and colleges
  • Smithsonian Natural History Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • NASA Planetary Geology & Geophysics Program
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Center for Health, Environment & Justice
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Nassau BOCES Outdoor & Env. Education
  • Schlumberger: Geotechnical Services
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • ARCADIS-US: Infrastructure-Water-Environment-Design
  • GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech: Environmental Consultants
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc.: Environmental and Geotechnical Services
  • Kleinfelder: Environmental Science and Geological Engineering
  • AECOM Groundwater Remediation Group

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Geologist (USGS, Petroleum Industry, Mining Industry)
  • Research Scientist (NOAA, EPA, State Environmental Agencies)
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Marine Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Forensic Scientist
  • College or University Professor
  • Teacher/Educator (public & private)
  • Laboratory Instructor
  • Geochemical Analyst
  • GIS Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Physician

Online Resources:

  • What Can I Do With A Geology Major?
    A lot of ideas for careers in the Geosciences.
  • American Geological Institute
    Go to the Geoscience Careers page for links to excellent career resources in numerous fields: the petroleum and mining industry, environmental consulting, and federal government. Be sure to check out their Careers that Change the World brochure
  • United States Geological Survey
    Browse the USGS Jobs page for Student Employment, volunteer opportunities, and internships.
  • The Geological Society of America
    The GSA offers grants and loans for geology students, as well as a list of non-GSA internships, fellowships, and scholarships. Explore GeoCorp positions--paid, short term, highly competitive jobs in National Parts, Forests, and BLM Land.
  • Marine Science Careers
    Get info on salaries, career outlooks, and explore different fields of marine science and oceanography.
  • Spotlight on Careers – connect through LyonNet
    An overview of environmental careers. Lists the best environmental job-search websites and non-profit sites.
  • Vault Online Career Library – connect through LyonNet
    Provides specific career summaries and guidance for internships, interviewing, resume- and cover-letter-writing. Occupational surveys from real employees in each industry are also available.

Career Resource Library:

Helpful Advisors:

  • Career Advisors and Peer Career Assistants at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources. Contact the CDC for an appointment.
  • Alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Find alums through the Alumnae Association Member Directory.
  • Your professors are a great resource for advice on career questions and to connect you with knowledgeable alumnae.