What do geoscientists do?
Geoscientists make invaluable contributions to human welfare and to the advancement of scientific knowledge by:
- Analyzing and predicting the behavior of Earth’s tectonic, atmospheric and oceanic systems.
- Finding adequate supplies of natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum, metals, gemstones and building materials.
- Conserving soils and maintaining agricultural productivity.
- Developing natural resources in ways that safeguard the environment.
- Maintaining the quality of water supplies by locating and evaluating subsurface contamination and cleaning up polluted groundwater.
- Reducing human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, tsunamis, and natural environmental toxins including radon and arsenic.
- Determining geological controls on landscapes and natural environments and predicting the impact of human activities on them.
- Analyzing the geological context for construction and engineering projects such as tunnels, dams, bridges, highways and buildings.
- Understanding global climate patterns and predicting and monitoring global climate change.
- Investigating the history and evolution of life on Earth.
- Exploring the geology of other planets.
- Teaching earth science and training the next generation of geoscientists.
Who employs geoscientists?
- Engineering and geological/hydrological consulting firms
- Federal, state, and local governmental agencies (geologic surveys; environmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and New York State DEC)
- Not-for-profit environmental organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy and National Resources Defense Council
- Petroleum and energy companies
- Mining and mineral resources exploration companies
- Educational institutions, such as universities and junior and senior high schools
- Magazines, newspapers, journals (science journalism)
How much do geoscientists earn?
Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics, 99% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.
What do Hofstra geology majors do after graduation?
Most geology majors pursue graduate studies or find employment in a related field within one year of graduation. Some students elect to become earth science and elementary school teachers and graduate with their provisional teaching certification ready to enter the workforce. Other geology majors pursue a master's degree in secondary education after graduating. Several students each year decide to pursue research as a career, and enroll in graduate and PhD programs around the country. Hofstra graduates have been very successful in gaining entry into top graduate programs with full financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Hofstra geology graduates have gone on to graduate study at prestigious research institutions such as Columbia University; University of Texas, Austin; the Gemological Institute of America; University of Georgia; CUNY City College; CUNY Hunter College; Hofstra University; Syracuse University; and the University of Albany.
Many geology graduates seek employment as engineering geologists, groundwater hydrologists and environmental consultants. The large number of consulting firms in the New York metropolitan region ensures that geology graduates are always in demand. Other graduates attain diverse professions, such as mining and petroleum exploration, environmental management, journalism, and environmental advocacy. Additionally, the geosciences also provide an excellent foundation for a career in environmental law or environmental medicine.
Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.
All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).
Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.