An Associate degree in Geological Science prepares the student for transfer to a baccalaureate institution for a four-year degree in Geology.
While some jobs are available for technicians with Associate degrees in Geological Science, a Bachelorʼs degree in Geology is a minimum requirement for employment in exploratory geology, minerals management, and engineering.
Approximately 40% of geologists work for oil and gas companies, either in service or exploration. Some work for mining and quarrying companies, while others work as consultants or are self-employed.
Government agencies provide employment opportunities with the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Geologic Survey, and Bureau of Reclamation.
Specific career opportunities include engineering geologist, environmental geologist, geochemist, geology assistant, geophysicist, hydrologist, mining geologist, marine geologist, oceanographer, paleontologist, petroleum geologist, petrologist, seismologist, soils technician, teacher/professor, volcanologist, and waste management geologist.