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Geology Career Info

us bureau of labor statistics - Geoscientist Occupational Outlook

2020 Median Pay
Expected Job Growth 2020 - 2030

Careers in Geology

Geology is a diverse field of study that requires methods and knowledge from other sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, statistics and mathematics. As such, a degree in geology will provide you with skills that make you an attractive candidate across numerous disciplines and can set you up with a variety of career paths.

Careers generally fall into several categories:

  • Resources: Oil, Mining, and Environmental
  • Environmental: Water, Soil, and Pollution
  • Government: Geological Survey, Regulation, and Protection
  • Academic: Secondary Education, Colleges, and Universities


What Do Geologists Do on a Daily Basis?

Geologists travel for on-site work, develop research proposals, and fulfill contracts. They spend time both outdoors and indoors in laboratories observing, sampling, and testing liquid, mineral, soil, and rock samples. Geologists can work in offices where they run analyses with radiometry and seismometry tools to examine subsurfaces, create data from 2D and 3D mapping, and keep logs of their findings. Read more at

Campus Resources

The University has a number of resources available to help improve your marketability as a job candidate and to leverage BYU's vast alumni network.

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Geology Front Office

S389 Eyring Science Center (ESC)
Provo, Utah 84602
Office: (801) 422-3918

Jani Radebaugh

Undergraduate Coordinator
S383 ESC
(801) 422-9127

John McBride

Associate Chair
Graduate Coordinator
S387 ESC
(801) 422-5219