Your degree in Geological Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Geological Sciences, you’re learning to examine the earth, including the composition, structure, physical properties, and history of our planet. You’ll develop important skills while taking advantage of Vancouver’s location as a beautiful, natural geological laboratory.

These skills may include: 

  • Location, identification, classification and extraction of various earth materials and structures
  • Application of the geologic time scale to indicate the order of events on Earth
  • Surveying and sampling techniques
  • Field mapping
  • Technical report writing
  • Mathematical modeling and quantitative analysis
  • Computer methods used to analyze geological and geographical data
  • Interpretation of 3D subsurface structures
  • Microscopic petrography and mineral identification

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields, including mineral exploration, environmental geoscience, consulting, government agencies, resource management, hydrogeology, community development, research, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Assayer
  • Agrogeologist
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geodesist
  • Geographic information systems technician
  • Geological technician
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysical data technician
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land surveyor
  • Laboratory technician
  • Landscape architect
  • Lobbyist
  • Mine geologist
  • Mineral technician
  • Mining technologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismic technician
  • Seismologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Urban planner

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Geological Sciences graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.