Earth Sciences graduate destinations

Earth Scientists develop a combination of analytical, teamworking, numerical and communication skills. This can prove a great attraction to employers, and Bristol's geoscientists do consistently well in the job market.

Data obtained from

  • Geology (BSc and MSci), including joint honours courses and courses with study abroad
  • Environmental Geoscience (BSc and MSci) including courses with study abroad
  • Palaeontology and Evolution (MSci)
  • Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 66 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 83.5%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 34%
Part-time work 12%
Due to start work 2%
Full-time study 34%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 9%
Something else 2%
Unemployed 8%

Sector information

Earth Scientists are well placed to enter careers in a range of sectors not always related to their degree subject. Examples include IT and management consultancy, law, investment banking, accountancy, marketing, Civil Service and the armed forces.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Engineering 5
Other professional, scienctific and technical activities 5
Mining and quarrying 4
Education 4
Wholesale and retail 3
Other sectors (8 sectors) 9

Employers and occupations

As 70% of all graduate vacancies don’t ask for specific degree subjects, Earth Science graduates enter all sorts of careers from community work and sports coaching to broadcasting and land surveying.

Examples of employers

  • Terrafirma Mine Searches
  • AFG Geologists
  • Red Rock Geoscience
  • Atkins
  • EY

Examples of occupations

  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Graduate Environmental Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Business Performance Improvement Consultant

Further study

Postgraduate study is often required for those wishing to enter a career in Earth Sciences. Many Bristol postgraduates have gone on to successful careers within fields such as oil and mineral exploration, mapping, civil engineering and environmental consultancies, university research and teaching, conservation organisations, museums, cartography, hydrology and broadcasting.

Postgraduate programmes undertaken by those graduating in 2016/17 include Earth Science (PhD), Geology (PhD), Petroleum Science (MSc) and Mining Geology (MSc).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 8
Postgraduate taught degree 13
Postgraduate certificate 1
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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