Geoscientist at a Glance

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  • 2013
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Average Salary for Geoscientist

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Best States for Geoscientist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Texas 11,160 $146,800 $71
Oklahoma 1,540 $153,120 $74
Alaska 540 $111,670 $54

Entry-level positions for geoscientists require at least a bachelor's degree in geosciences. A bachelor's degree program in geosciences typically includes courses in geology, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. A Ph.D in geosciences is required for high-level research and college teaching positions. Many colleges and universities offer on-campus bachelor's of science degrees in geology or geosciences. Some programs are available completely online. Bachelor's of science programs in geology are typically designed to prepare students for master's and doctoral studies in this field. Be aware that some bachelor's degree programs in geology are actually designed to prepare students to teach geology at the high school level, as opposed to preparing them for a career as a geoscientist. Some of the classes you may take in a bachelor's of science program in geology or geosciences include:

  • Introduction to Earth Systems
  • Field Geology
  • Principles of Remote Sensing
  • Introductory Computer Programming for Scientific Applications

Potential employers will favor candidates with both field and laboratory experience. Some states require geoscientists be licensed. Contact your state's regulatory board for more information and specific education, experience, and exam requirements.