One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (Geology) or by career field and see what some alumni are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni Geology majors:
Geotechnical Engineer, Shannon and Wilson, Inc.
Manager of International Projects, Raven Ridge Resources, Inc.
Project Manager, Roy F. Weston, Inc.
Landscape Scientist, The Wilderness Society
Program Director, YMCA
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you with the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment Services has numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
- Great Jobs for Geology Majors
- Environmental Careers in the 21st Century
- Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower
Know Your Skills
Analytical: Observe and catalog data, use qualitative and quantitative measures to arrive at a conclusion
Scientific: Design and implement experiments, proficiency with laboratory equipment
Communication: Summarizing research findings, writing research proposals, contributing to team projects
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviewing provides the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts:
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At CES we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn howinternships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
City of Lacey
Water Resources Intern
Tahoma Audubon Society
Urban Wetlands Restoration Intern
City of Walla Walla
Geographic Information Intern
City of Tacoma
Geographical Information Intern
Ecology and Environmental, Inc.
Philip Services Corporation
Environmental Services Intern
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career andEmployment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.