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Earth Sciences Careers

We thought it would be useful for our past, current and future undergraduates to have a better idea of what careers they can go on to after studying Earth Sciences.


Wednesday 18th November at 5:15 p.m. in the Common Room, This is an opportunity to meet people employed in a large variety of different sectors (oil exploration, mining, environmental science, hydrogeology, academic research, publishing etc). Many of these are ex- Cambridge graduates who come along to share their experiences and offer advice in an informal setting.

There will also be Beer, Gin & Nibbles


Earth Sciences Careers


Most of our undergraduates who wish to pursue scientific careers go on to work for a research degree; an MSc or PhD. Some go directly into industry, management, teaching and other fields. Nationwide, about half of all professional geologists work for the petroleum industry, but Cambridge graduates are also particularly prominent in hydrogeology and environmental geology.

The study of the Earth is an integrated science that draws on a vast range of knowledge from every scientific discipline. As a graduate, you’ll be uniquely positioned to apply this knowledge to almost any career you can imagine. From publishing to programming, finance, teaching, oil exploration and engineering, the possibilities are infinite, limited only by your imagination and ambition …

  • News
    What's new ...
  • PhDs
    A link to Earth Sciences PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships from FindAPhD
  • Masters Degrees
    Earth Sciences Masters' from FindAMasters
  • Research
    Essential research skills...
  • Events
    Details of Cambridge University Careers Events
  • Careers Service
    Resources for Postgraduates on transferable skills, information literacy and resources

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