How To Land Your Dream Job As Geologist

I’m assuming that you’ve made the decision that you want to be a geologist. You have a passion for the field, and now it’s time to land your dream job. 

This can be daunting for many people because there are so many different paths to go down in this field. But don’t worry! We’ll help guide you through getting your dream job as a geologist!

Follow Your Passion

You’ll want to make sure that you’re doing what you love. If not, you may find yourself unhappy in the long run.

In a recent study of nearly 1,000 geologists, only about half said they were satisfied with their jobs and less than a third were “highly satisfied” with their work. So how do you know if geology is the right career path for you? Here are some signs that it’s time to let go of your dream:

  • You don’t have time for outside interests or hobbies because working late into the night allows your boss to get more done
  • Your friends and family are always talking about how much they miss seeing you around because all of your free time is spent at work or studying for an exam

If these scenarios sound familiar then maybe it’s time for a change!

Figure Out What Your Dream Career Path Is

The first step in determining what career path is right for you is to figure out what your dream job looks like. This is an important part of the process, because it can help you identify what kind of work environment would be best suited for your needs and preferences. 

The best way to get started on this process is by taking a look at your strengths, weaknesses and interests.

Once you’ve identified your strengths and weaknesses, think about how those traits might translate into potential career paths that interest or excite you. 

Think about some specific jobs that interest or excite you (e.g., geologist) then consider how those jobs fit into each other based on their shared traits (e.g., environmental science).

After thinking about which kinds of careers might be worth exploring further, ask yourself: “What are my goals?” 

Be as detailed as possible when considering these questions because they’re crucial to figuring out which type of industry would be right for someone with similar talents and interests as yours!

Befriend A Mentor

You will never regret having a mentor. A good mentor can give you advice, guide your career path and help you navigate the choppy waters of the workplace. Plus, they’ll know what to do when things get rocky in your job search.

There are two ways to find a mentor: ask your boss or another professional whom they look up to and trust (that’s how mine found me); 

Or try for an informal relationship one where both parties agree on shared goals but there isn’t any formalized structure like weekly check-ins or meeting set times.

If you don’t have anyone who fits the bill yet, don’t despair! It’s never too late to start looking for one and remember that even if a potential mentor turns out not be someone who can help with this specific goal of yours.

He/she may still be able to give guidance on other areas such as networking or writing skills (both important aspects of getting a dream job).

Take Challenging Courses

Taking challenging courses is the best way to prepare yourself for your career as a geologist. It will help you get into the field and keep you there.

Take courses that are relevant to your career. You don’t want to waste time on classes that have nothing to do with what you’re training for, but it’s also good not to focus too much on one specific area, such as mineralogy or paleontology. 

Take some electives in other fields so that employers will recognize how well-rounded you are and won’t think that all of your knowledge comes from a single discipline.

Take courses that will help get you into the career you want – If geology isn’t right for everyone, then maybe something else would better suit them! It might be worth looking into alternative career-related fields.

Like construction management or even microbiology if they seem more appealing than being out on those remote sites studying rocks all day long (though I bet they still love their jobs).

Internships And Co-Ops

Internships and co-ops are a great way to get hands-on experience, build your resume, and build relationships with people in the industry.

There are many types of internships: field work based, lab work based and office work based. The type you choose depends on what kind of geologist you want to be. 

You can also find co-ops that have nothing to do with geology or environmental science, but these can be valuable experiences too!

Learn Beyond The Classroom

Learn beyond the classroom.

A college degree is not enough to help you land your dream job as a geologist. You must also be able to demonstrate that you are capable of learning on your own, outside of an academic setting, and apply those skills towards solving complex problems in the field. Here’s how:

Take classes outside of what’s required for your major. While this might mean taking additional time to complete your degree requirements or paying more money than necessary (which can be difficult depending on what school you go to).

It will help you develop into a well-rounded professional with experience in many different fields something most employers look for when hiring new employees!

Take classes at different schools or universities. Even though some schools may have specific requirements for their students’ majors, many offer electives that aren’t related at all, and those are often great places where students can learn more about topics they’re interested in while still earning credit towards their degrees! 

Also consider online courses if there aren’t any nearby institutions offering similar programs; these might cost less than traditional “brick & mortar” colleges too!

Take classes at different times too: late evenings after work hours; early mornings before heading out into world… there might even be some evening options available near where I live now so check them out too before making final decision!


A great way to find out about positions that aren’t advertised is through your network. Consider attending conferences, seminars, and job fairs to meet people in the field. Network with current geologists for advice on how they got their jobs. 

Talk with professors and students at local schools who are studying geological sciences. 

You may even want to consider taking a leave of absence from your current job while you take some time off searching for a new one because it can help build relationships with potential employers.

As well as provide experience working as a consultant or freelancer if the right opportunity doesn’t come along right away after graduating school.[1]

Once you’ve found someone in your network who works at an organization that interests you (or might be hiring soon).

Reach out via email or phone call asking if there would be any interest in getting together sometime outside of work hours over coffee or lunch so that they can introduce you more formally during an interview when needed.[2]

When contacting someone from outside of your industry but within the same region where you live, remember not only should this person still represent opportunities within their own company; but also keep them apprised about any developments throughout all industries.

So that if there were ever anything else available locally which might fit better into their career path then now would be prime time to hear about such opportunities first hand.”[3]

Be Social

Your social skills are important too. For example, if you’re a geologist looking for a job, then having strong communication and listening skills will help you land a position. 

Communication is not just about speaking clearly and loudly it’s also knowing when to talk, what to say and how much information to share with others.

Being a team player also helps. If your goal is to become a geologist or even work in an office environment where teamwork is an essential aspect of the job description, then these skills will come in handy! 

It’s important that you learn how important it is to work together rather than against each other when trying something new or challenging at work (or anywhere else).

Take A Leadership Position In Your Society/Club/Organization

Take a leadership position in your society/club/organization. This can be as simple as being the secretary or treasurer of your student club, or you can become the president of a local professional society. 

If you’re not sure what role to take, then think about what skills you have that would make you a good leader for this organization and apply for that position instead. 

Some organizations will even let you create new positions that don’t exist yet, so it’s worth asking if there are any open roles before assuming there aren’t any options available to you!

Be Willing To Learn New Things, Don’t Get Stuck On One Thing

The industry changes so quickly, and you need to be willing to learn new things and change your mind if necessary. If you only look at one thing in your career, then you will be left behind when the industry changes.

You should also keep up with the latest technologies by reading blogs and articles by geologists who have been around for a while. 

And finally, it is important that you learn from those that are younger than yourself because they will have different viewpoints on how things are done than older generations did earlier in their careers.

Use The Resources Available To You. Career Services, Alumni Network, And Your Professors

How can you use these resources to your advantage?

Be sure to take advantage of any career services that are offered, whether it’s through an on-campus job fair, the alumni network (if it’s available), or a job board. 

On-campus resources can be especially helpful since they offer one-on-one connections with professionals and companies in the field who can give you advice on how to get started in the industry.

If your school doesn’t have access to these services, don’t despair! You can still find ways to learn what employers want from candidates through online forums like LinkedIn groups or even social platforms like Facebook groups where people discuss life as geologists. 

The more opportunities you have for networking and learning about different sectors within geology the better prepared you’ll be when applying for jobs post-graduation!

Build Your Resume, Starting Early In College

The most important part of the job hunt is your resume, especially if it’s the first time you’re applying for a geologist position. 

This is where you’ll put all your hard work and education to use, so it pays to invest in writing a great one! 

Your resume should be able to stand out as an example of how well-rounded and professional you are by conveying both what your major means for your career goals and how much experience you’ve had while doing it.

Your resume should:

  • Be well-organized and easy to read (no dense paragraphs or text-heavy with technical jargon)
  • Be tailored specifically for the job description or company’s needs (if they want someone with 6 years of experience in supervising field crews, make sure that’s clear)

Attend Career Fairs And Be Presentable At These Events Professionally And Physically

Dress professionally. The first impression that you make on a hiring manager is the most important, so dress appropriately for the event. At a career fair, it’s expected that you wear business attire (suit and tie or skirt and blouse).

Have your resume ready to hand out to recruiters/hiring managers who may be interested in interviewing you at the job fair. It is also helpful if you have some information about their company, such as what they do or if they are located in an area that interests you. 

If possible, read up on their website before attending the career fair so that there will be questions about their business that come naturally with conversation; this shows enthusiasm for the job opportunity!

Be prepared for questions about yourself and why YOU would be great for this position with them! What makes YOU stand out from all other candidates? Having some idea of what makes YOU unique will help guide discussions when meeting new people at these events; 

Especially since many companies/organizations have similar goals in mind when looking at potential candidates (i.e., someone who fits well into their existing team). 

This can include professional experience working within similar roles/industries while making sure not too narrow down options without knowing more details yet available upon interview requests later down road after first contact has been established via networking efforts.

These types of events tend attract many professionals hoping simply talking informally about what each person does might lead somewhere better than where currently employed but still searching actively…


All in all, landing your dream job as a geologist is a lot like landing any other job. You need to be prepared, you need to network and you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. 

The key difference with this profession is that if you really love it then there are many different paths that can take you there! Thanks for reading this article and I hope it helps lead you down the right path