Careers in earth sciences

Do you see yourself working to better understand where minerals lie beneath the earth's surface? Or perhaps crunching the numbers to predict high-impact weather events? Or monitoring groundwater quality to ensure ongoing sustainability?  An earth sciences education is the key to all these careers and more.

Research Areas Climate Variability

Why a career in earth sciences?

Our earth sciences graduates find rewarding jobs in a huge range of industries – including mineral exploration, environmental consultancies, software development, and government agencies such as the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO.

Graduates from our courses are highly employable, with practical skills and hands-on experience with field-work.

It's clear that understanding our physical environment is critical in our ongoing stewardship of the Earth and its resources. In fact, meteorologists, geologists, geophysicists, hydrogeologists and earth science technicians are all on the Australian Government's strategic skills list.

So, whether you're interested in what's above or what's below the earth's surface, the future looks bright.

Job titles for earth sciences graduates

  • Climate scientist
  • Development geoscientist
  • Energy analyst
  • Energy efficiency consultant
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Exploration geoscientist
  • Geologist and geophysicist
  • Geology data analyst
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geospatial consultant
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrographer
  • Hydrologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Mining geologist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Petrophysicist
  • Policy analyst
  • Project or program manager
  • Researcher
  • Resource geologist
  • Science teacher
  • Science writer or editor
  • Structural geologist
  • Urban planning consultant
  • Volcanologist

Sources include: LinkedIn profiles of University of Melbourne graduates.

Employers

Our earth sciences graduates are employed at organisations including:

  • AECOM
  • Agricultural Victoria Services
  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • BHP Billiton
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • ExxonMobil
  • Forestry Corporation of NSW
  • KPMG
  • Melbourne Water
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Newcrest Mining
  • Parks Victoria
  • Rio Tinto
  • Shell
  • The University of Melbourne
  • VicForests
  • Victorian Farmers Federation

Sources include: LinkedIn profiles of University of Melbourne graduates.

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