What Can I Do With a Major In Earth Sciences?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the earth sciences major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and earth sciences majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong research skills and attention to detail, ability to work independently and collaboratively, ability to gather, assess and interpret data, and an understanding of the composition of the earth and the processes that operate on it.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Engineering Intern, Cirrus Aircraft
  • Research Assistant, Structure, Tectonics, and Metamorphic Petrology Lab
  • Intern, The Sigma Group
  • Hydrologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Hydrogeology Intern, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Research Intern, NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program


  • Geologist, Basin Geologic Consulting, Inc.
  • Engineering Technician, Northern Technologies, Inc.
  • Mineral Exploration Geologist, Pathfinder Mineral Services
  • Hydrogeologist, Stanec


  • Clastic Reservoir Geologist, Badley Ashton
  • Geophysicist, Amec Foster Wheeler*
  • Assistant Scientist, Science Museum of Minnesota*
  • Research Reservoir Engineer*
  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey*

Graduate Programs

  • MS Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin
  • MS Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota
  • MS Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MS Geological and Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • PhD Geological and Earth Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.