What can you do with an Earth & Space Sciences degree?

Do you enjoy science and its applications to the world around you?

Would you enjoy working outdoors as well as in a laboratory environment?

The broad, interdisciplinary field of earth and space sciences can lead to careers in many areas. You could consider geology, resource management, geochemistry, environmental protection, geotechnical or civil engineering, science education, research, or geotechnical consulting. An Earth and Space Sciences degree can provide you with many skills that employers seek – such as communication, problem solving, and analysis skills; experience with fieldwork and working in teams; familiarity with geospatial and mapping software; and a solid understanding of science.

You can obtain either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree within Earth & Space Sciences.

The B.S. degree in Earth and Space Sciences is more structured and is designed for students interested in geology and geophysics, and a career path in graduate studies or in the private sector where field and technology experiences and problem-solving skills are an important asset.

The BA degree is more flexible and enables students to obtain a broad understanding of earth sciences as a background for professional careers such as science journalism, environmental law, science education, and environmental policy.

What are some sample job titles for ESS graduates? Environmental Consultant, Forest Ranger, Geochemist, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, Land Use Planner, Mineralogist, Operations Manager, Parks & Natural Resources Manager, Peace Corps Member, Science Teacher, Soil Scientist, Surveyor, Sustainability Coordinator, Water Quality Control Technician; just to name a few.

For more information about careers for ESS students, check out the ESS Student Services careers and internships page.

Want to learn more about the ESS major?  You can read up on our degree options by visiting the undergraduate pages on our website and schedule an appointment with an academic adviser in the ESS Department by emailing essadv@uw.edu.

By Meghan Oxley
Meghan Oxley