Careers by Major - Geology & Earth Science
- Careers for graduates
- Who employs geology graduates?
- Skills developed by geology students
- Sample job postings
- Alumni profiles
- How to get experience
Geology graduates have many career path opportunities to choose from. The following list is only a sample of possible career opportunities.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list as there are many other careers available. Many positions require additional education or experience.
Note: career profiles for many of the above jobs are available in the Career Centre. Those marked with an asterisk(*) can be viewed using Career Cruising, a Canadian electronic career guide available on CLN under the Resources tab.
- Mineral and hydrocarbon companies
- Environmental sector
- Provincial and federal government departments
- Resource and financial companies
- Government agencies
- Academic institutions
- Quantitative/ Statistical Analysis
- Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Project management
- Developing/ Writing proposals
- Observation and Documentation
- Understanding of environmental issues
- Surveying and Sampling
Below is a sample of the types of positions that have recently been posted with the Career Centre for graduating students or recent graduates. To access full-time opportunities (for up to two years after graduation), you must first attend an orientation. Drop by or call us at 905-828-5451 for more information.
- Junior Mining Rock Mechanics Engineer, Golder Associates Ltd.
- Field Geologist, Century Iron Ore Mining Corporation
- District Geologist, Ontario Public Service
- Backfill Specialist, Vale
- Geoscience, Schlumberger Oilfield Services
- Seismic Analyst, ESG Solutions
Start early by seeking relevant summer, part-time and volunteer opportunities that will help you gain experience and develop the skills that employers want. Below is a sample of the types of temporary positions that have recently been posted with the Career Centre. To access the summer, part-time, temporary and volunteer postings log into the Career Learning Network. Past examples include:
- Undergraduate Assistant, Natural Resources Canada
- Geologist, Nexen
- Geotechnical Research Assistant, Rocscience
- Writer, Earth Day Centre
- GeoScience Student, Shell Canada Ltd.
Research Opportunity Program (ROP) at UTM
UTM's Research Opportunity Program (ROP) allows students in their second and third year to earn one full course credit by participating in a faculty member's research project. Check the ROP website for information about the program including application deadlines.
Other ways to get involved
Extern Job Shadowing Program
Extern is a career exploration program that offers you the opportunity to meet with people working in your preferred career area for placements of 1-5 days.
Informational Interviews allow students and recent grads to gather valuable, industry-specific information from professionals who work in your field(s) of interest. The insights students can gain will allow them to make more informed decisions, whether they are planning their career or looking for a job.
In The Field Program
In The Field connects a group of students or recent graduates with professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. During these visits, participants have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the work environment, daily tasks, skills, and education required for each occupation. Participants can also learn about available positions and how to apply for industry- or occupation-specific jobs.
Join on-campus clubs and community associations that demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm for particular industries. For example, check out the Erindale Society of Chemical & Physical Sciences.
Professional Associations and Web Links
Each industry has affiliated associations. There are many benefits of becoming a member of an association, such as stating your affiliation on your resume. In addition to your experiences and the completion of your university degree, a student membership in an association is one way to get an edge in the job market. It also furthers your knowledge of a particular field.
The Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists is a kind of umbrella organization that is beginning to govern accreditation of "professional geoscientists."
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario is the provincial professional geoscience licensing and regulatory body.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum serves minerals, materials, and petroleum industries and professionals around the world.
The Geological Association of Canada “facilitates the scientific well-being and professional development of its members, the learned discussion of geoscience in Canada, and the advancement, dissemination and wise use of geoscience in public, professional and academic life.”
The Mineralogical Association of Canada “was formed in 1955 as a non-profit scientific organization to promote and advance the knowledge of mineralogy and the allied disciplines of crystallography, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits.”
The Mining industry Human Resources Council addresses human resources challenges in the Canadian mining industry. Check out the council’s career videos and its related site called "Explore for More" for more information on the careers in the industry.
Earth Sciences Canada
This site provides information on the various options and industry areas that Earth Science/Geology graduate can work in. Additionally, it also provides location-specific labour market information.
Natural Resources Canada
Contains several industry-specific publications, information on government funded programs from Natural Resources Canada.
Earth Science World
Link contains career-related information, job opportunities and earth science/geology related events happening in North America
American Geosciences Institute
AGI provides information services, serves as a voice of shared interests in the geosciences profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public understanding of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. This particular link focuses on career information for students.
Check out our Alumni Profiles page, to read profiles of UTM alumni who have studied in this area, find out about their career path and how their experiences have affected their career direction.
Career Centre Library Resources
The Career Centre resource library holds a variety of career related books and the latest information on topics ranging from job searching and furhter education to career planning for specific groups including graduate students and the LGBTQ community. If you’re not sure what to do with your degree we have books with fresh career ideas for every discipline from Art to Zoology. Also, check out our collection of Career Profiles binders containing detailed information about careers in: Business, Finance and Administration; Natural and Applied Sciences; Health; Social Science, Education and Religion; Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport; Sales and Services; Trades, Apprenticeships and Primary Industries.
Career Panel Packages and Videos
- Activism, accessibility, diversity and equality, non-profit
- Communications, marketing and writing
- Economics and finance
- Government and HR
- Health and science
- International/abroad and languages
- Law, psychology, sociology, counselling and political science
- Theatre and drama, arts and entertainment
- Other packages
The Career Centre Resource Library is located in DV 3094. For more information please visit us, call 905-828-5451 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's your next step? Take a look at our Sample Career Plan to see suggested steps that you can take towards developing your career-work search plan. Check our Events Calendar regularly for upcoming career related events (we offer several networking events and panels throughout the year). Watch for our Get Experience Fair (held annually in September), the Graduate and Professional School Fair (held annually in late September or early October), and the Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Job Fair (held annually in January).