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Geology careers

Geology is a broad discipline that ranges from climate change to earthquakes, from minerals to oceans, from fossils to volcanoes. It ranges in scale from the microscopic to continents, to Earth and beyond.

Ocean survey

Geology encompasses many other disciplines including geography, biology, chemistry, physics, surveying and statistics.

Geology graduates have a huge range of potential employers and careers.

Field trip

Careers in geology include being:

  • an environmental scientist at a regional council
  • a school geography teacher
  • a climate scientist advising government policy
  • a geotechnical engineer working for a roading company
  • an oceanographer assessing possible sea level rise
  • a university researcher and teacher
  • a geophysicist assessing underground water resources
  • an environmental geochemist helping to rehabilitate contaminated land
  • a volcanologist evaluating volcanic hazard
  • an earthquake scientist assessing the risk of fault ruptures
  • a geochemist monitoring water quality
  • an exploration geologist searching for minerals needed by electric vehicles
  • a glaciologist studying climate change

Seismic survey

NZ-focussed geology career information - careers.govt.nz website

If you would like to discuss potential geology careers with us please email geology@otago.ac.nz