Your Career in Geology and Geophysics

For geologists and geophysicists, the complexity of our Earth is an opportunity for constant discovery. Geologists study everything from the origin and evolution of the Earth’s systems to remediation of environmental issues that affect the world around us.

As a geoscientist, you might explore oil and natural gas resources in the deep ocean, identify adequate sources of water and other natural resources for villages around the world, or predict when and where the next earthquake, volcanic explosion or tsunami may happen.

Where do geologists and geophysicists work?

S&T graduates in geology and geophysics work for oil, mining and environmental companies higher education institutions; and state and federal government agencies, such as the U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and NASA. They travel and work all over the world, and their work is never done.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geologists make an average of $87,392 a year, while geophysicists make an average of $100,585 a year.