What are my job prospects as a geologist and how much money can I expect to earn?
Geology graduates can expect good pay and good job prospects. Fast Company , a business magazine, places Geosciences among its 25 top job picks for 2005! According to the College Majors Handbook (2nd edition 2004, Jist Publishing), geologists with a bachelor degree earn on average $ 58,400, that is 8% higher than the average salary of college graduates with a bachelor degree. According to the same source, demand for geologists and Earth scientists is expected to grow by 20% by 2010. Salaries are generally higher in private industry than with public agencies. According to the most recent salary survey by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, which reflects salaries preferentially in the private oil and gas industry, starting salaries for geology graduates are $ 60,000 for B.S. and $ 65,000 for M.S. degrees (figures of 2003).