Finding jobs for geology majors often involves working with career placement professionals, such as student advising and services, in colleges to find internships and job opportunities after graduation. Professional placement organizations may also provide career services for geology majors.
College departments of geology assist their students and graduates with services that include resume writing, interviewing techniques and locating job opportunities. Organizations that hire geology graduates include engineering firms, universities, local governments, utility and mining companies, secondary educational institutions, state governments, federal government agencies and publishers of science-related materials.
As of 2014, approximately 120,000 geologists work in the United States, according to the American Geological Institute. The number of working geologists is expected to increase by nearly 20 percent by 2018.
As of 2012, Forbes ranks geology as seventh among the 15 most-valuable college majors in terms of current salary and future job prospects. Geologists may earn a starting median salary of $45,300 and a mid-career median salary of $83,300. Expected job growth in the field through 2020 is 19.3 percent.
Geology is the study of rocks and other physical features of the Earth. The field also observes how the Earth changes over time, providing understanding of the history of the planet. Geology is integral to business interests, such as mining, along with ecological considerations like water conservation.