Careers in Earth Sciences

Pursuing a career in Earth Sciences can be exciting, challenging and filled with different opportunities for travel and research. Some of the areas studied in Earth Sciences include tectonics, paleontology, geophysics, hydrogeology and more!

Becoming a student of Earth Sciences teaches you to how to ask questions, make observations, review and evaluate evidence and gives you problem-solving skills. These are required skills when it comes to pursuing a career in Earth Sciences after University. A Geologist’s work helps us to understand how the earth was formed, how its movement is shifting and where we are headed in the future.

Some areas of opportunity include Water Resources, Mining, Municipal Planning, Education, Museums, Environmental Assessment and others. A great resource in assisting with finding different positions would be the website for Earth Sciences Canada: http://www.earthsciencescanada.com/careers/what-can-i-be.php#panel 

Are you hoping to become a professional geologist in Ontario? An APGO representative comes every year in the fall to talk about the road to the P.Geo. designation and answer any questions you may have.

Opportunities include:

  • Aerial Photograph Interpreters
  • Economic/Exploration Geologists
  • Engineering Geologists
  • Environmental Geologists
  • Geochemists
  • Geochronologists
  • Geological Information Systems (GIS) Analysts
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Geotechnical Consultants
  • Professors
  • Researchers
  • Science Teachers
  • Seismologists
  • Stratigraphers
  • Structural Geologists

Career Resources

Carleton Career Services is a valuable resource to all Carleton students and alumni and will provide career exploration information, resume writing tips, interview tips, job search tools, and many other resources.

Job-Hunting Sites

Part-Time Employment

  • Research Affiliate Program (RAP) Apply to the Geological Survey of Canada and other departments through this initiative of the federal government. In some cases, this can include long-term employment through to graduation.

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