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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


The National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Labor generally characterize degrees that study the earth, its waters and the human impacts on these systems in the broad context of geoscience. Based on the diversity of subject areas and the interdisciplinary nature of our degrees, the career options for graduates from the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment are varied. 

Workforce success

Some of the skills that SEOE graduates could use in transition from classroom to the workforce are:

  • Identify problems and needs
  • Operate scientific equipment
  • Make critical observations and evaluations
  • Observe, analyze and synthesize data
  • Analyze cause and effects
  • Formulate and defend positions
  • Think logically, critically and make analogies
  • Maintain group cooperation and support effective interaction
  • Make a commitment to others and follow through
  • Design and planning skills to meet changing needs

 Career options by sector

A few career options for those with an undergraduate degree in geosciences:

  • Botanist
  • College administrator
  • Counselor
  • Ecologist
  • Editor
  • Coastal planner
  • Ecological modeler
  • Educator – informal to educational institutions
  • Geographic information specialist
  • Marine conservationist
  • Fisheries manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Park ranger
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Permaculturalist/garden specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Earthquake scientist
  • Mining supervisor

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Marine Science/Environmental Science oriented

Geological Sciences oriented

Environmental oriented

Current Openings we have been directly notified to advertise (Updated 2/22/24):

  • Advisors looking for graduate students in Marine Science/Oceanography: Google Docs Spreadsheet
  • SCDNR Conservation Education Coordinator: develop a standardized conservation education and outreach programming focused on the promotion of a conservation stewardship ethic through coordination with SCDNR outreach/education staff. - Apply Here
  • Soil Health Institute - is seeking highly energetic, motivated individuals with a strong interest in soil science. Those with experience in field mapping or soil judging are particularly encouraged to apply. Given that some sampling will occur in the Coastal Plain Region of South Carolina, we think that recent graduates from the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment would be good candidates for these positions. Job posting is available here,
  • Research Technician II, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program.  Work will involve studies of water quality, soils, and wetland plants and animals. This Research Technician II position is based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, GA. The selected individual will work with other technicians, faculty and students at the field site. Apply by March 13, 2024 for full consideration. Apply:

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