Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geology is the study of the earth; individuals who work in the field study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. By using sophisticated instruments and analyses of the earth and water, geoscientists study the geologic past and present of the earth in order to make predictions about its future.
Geology majors are employed in engineering and management services for oil, gas, or metal mining companies. Graduates work as geologists, geophysicists, and oceonographers for the federal and state government. Some work as private consultants to industry.
Concentrations: Earth Systems History and Marine Science
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. Though course credit is not available for this experience through the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, you may or may not expect compensation from the employer.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The University Career Center provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship ExampleGeological Field/ Lab Technician Intern will perform a full range of laboratory procedures including, but not limited to: textural analyses using a rapid sediment analyzer, sieves, Coulter Counter, and pipette methods. Intern will use computers to determine size distributions and generate the necessary plots and statistics. Intern will perform field work at sea including geological and geochemical sampling, and geophysical surveys. Intern also procures and mobilizes sampling equipment for field work and maintains a variety of laboratory instruments and equipment.
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 39,317
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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Last updated: 20th of September, 2010 at 1:09:23 PM
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