Careers in Geology and Geophysics

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Now that you've decided to be a geologist or a geophysicist, consider this: the number of available jobs in the geosciences will grow by 22% in 2016 as compared to 10% growth in all other careers; as of 2005, the average starting salary for a geoscientist was $74k per year and that's nearly 10% higher than it was in 2004; in 2013, the average salary of a petroleum geoscientist with a B.S. Degree was around $96k per year and around $104k per year for a petroleum geoscientist with an M.S.

You'll find career opportunities in the energy industry, or an engineering firm, government agency, or private consulting. After you graduate, you'll have background and skills that are highly valuable and unique to Texas A&M geoscientists. The faculty's deep ties to the energy sector help place students with major oil companies as well as with independent operators, national labs and even universities.

An undergraduate or graduate degree in geology or geophysics is a path that can lead to licensure as a professional geoscientist for those wishing to be enaged in the public practice of geoscience. Visit for details of licensure in the state of Texas.

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