The team-working, quantitative, applied and problem-solving skills acquired by our graduates are all rated highly by other academic institutions and by industrial and other employers.

What jobs could I do?

Every student who seeks employment on graduating from the School of Earth Sciences succeeds in doing so, whether they choose to go on to further study and remain in academia, or pursue a professional career.

Related industry jobs

Our graduates are also highly sought after by the following industries:

  • mining
  • mineral exploration
  • geotechnical
  • environmental consultancy
  • petroleum industries.

There is always a need for geoscientists in civil engineering projects and in the water resources industry, and with the increasing awareness of the importance of the environment, geoscientists are increasingly being employed in the fields of nature conservancy, waste disposal, pollution and environmental planning.


Graduates also find jobs in the new and expanding media and education sectors, including with the BBC, independent film makers (of which there are many in Bristol), and the new hands-on science museums.


Many large-scale employers visit Bristol each year to secure significant numbers of science graduates from across the discipline; a degree from Bristol is considered ideal for a career in banking, consultancy, business and commerce.

Read about our alumni experiences

You can also read firsthand accounts from Earth Sciences alumni about their lives and careers since graduating Bristol.

Find out our common graduate destinations

Find out the most common Earth Sciences graduate destinations via data obtained by our Careers Service.

The course was a fantastic mix of theoretical - with technical problems and research projects - and practicals, that allowed us to directly apply our knowledge and not be enclosed by a screen...All these factors I strongly believe contributed to my current career.

Courtney Jiskoot (MSci Geology with Study Abroad)

Career guidance

Advice on careers in Earth science and further degrees is provided by tutors and individual members of staff in their particular discipline, as well as by the University's Careers Service. Find out more about how you can receive guidance, sign up for internship and job experience opportunities, and attend networking events.

Did you know?

Within six months of graduation, 70% of Bristol's Earth Science graduates who have chosen to go into employment are are in graduate-level jobs. (Source: Unistats)

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