Earth Sciences graduate career opportunities

The scientific education provided by our programmes, with their emphasis on rigorous observation, data collection and interpretation, means that job prospects for Earth science graduates are excellent.

Geology and Earth Sciences - all undergraduate destinations 2011/2012

Earth Sciences Undergraduate employability 2011-12Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12
The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.

Range of employers for our graduates

  • Arcadis
  • Atkins
  • Environment Agency
  • Fugro
  • Mouchel
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd
  • Schlumberger Limited
  • University of Birmingham
  • URS Corporation

Range of  occupations for our graduates

  • Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Process Engineer
  • Research Assistant


Increasingly, a successful career in geology is helped by having a higher degree. Around 30 percent of our graduates follow this option before taking a job, taking either one-year MSc courses or researching for three years for a PhD.

Top courses of further study for our graduates

  • MA Heritage Management
  • MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology
  • MSc Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • MSc Environmental Hydrogeology
  • MSc Geology
  • MSc Geotechnical Engineering
  • MSc Meteorology & Climatology
  • MSc Palaeobiology
  • MSc Petroleum Geoscience
  • MSc Water Resource Technology and Management