hold about 38,200 jobs in the United States. Many more individuals hold geoscience faculty positions in colleges and universities, but they are
classified as college and university faculty.
About 23 percent of
geoscientists were employed in architectural, engineering, and related
services and 19 percent worked for oil and gas extraction companies.
State agencies such as State geological surveys and State departments of
conservation employed another 9 percent of geoscientists. Eight percent
worked for the Federal Government, including geologists, geophysicists,
and oceanographers, mostly within the U.S. Department of the Interior
for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and within the U.S. Department of
Geoscientists are employed throughout the United States. The largest
concentration of geoscientists are in the South-Central region, where they
work in the petroleum industry. Cities such as Houston, Dallas, and New
Orleans are major centers of employment for industry geoscientists. Other
areas of the country also see fairly large populations of geoscientists,
namely Washington, D.C. with its large government and related contractor
workforces, Denver and Boulder, Colorado with a number of government
facilities, a number of independent oil companies, and a large number of
consultants, and the Pacific Coast with a growing number of environmental
geoscientists working on natural hazards.
is a partial list of employers of geoscientists. In addition, the
American Geological Institute hosts
Guide to Geoscience
Careers and Employers that
addresses issues in choosing, maintaining, and advancing a career
specifically in the geosciences, and provides useful geoscience-employer
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
American Geological Institute and the US Department
Bureau of Labor Statistics.