UCL Earth Sciences


Alumni & Careers

Find out about what careers Earth Scientists have gone into and how we keep in touch with our Alumni.

Alumni and Careers

Options open to an Earth Sciences graduate include:


Summer undergraduate internship programmes are a great way to gain practical work experience, get an insight into how professional companies work or be part of a research team. Check out some of the placement websites:  


UCL Careers Service

The UCL Careers Service provide advice, information and guidance to students and graduates (for up to two years) on the following topics:

Job hunting: looking for opportunities, making speculative applications and networking. Written applications: how to write a good CV and covering letter and what to consider when completing application forms. Interview skills: how to prepare, anticipating possible questions and how you might respond. Postgraduate study: taught, research and vocational training Working and studying abroad:  international opportunities and global jobs. Career planning, career decisions and exploring your options after graduation. Careers Information Library: videos and reference books are available to view within the. This includes employer directories, graduate training schemes and occupational information.

Departmental Presentations

Year-group-specific presentations will be made during term time (topics include 'summer work experience' for first years, ‘interview skills’ and ‘career options with your degree’ for finalists). Further information will be posted here.

The Careers Service website also carries information about Employer Presentations, Careers Fairs and Forums.

Within the Department, your first point of contact for careers advice is your Personal Tutor or MSc programme director. The Academic Administrator, coordinates careers activities within Earth Sciences. The Graduate Tutor may organise the Geological Society Careers Day.

Are you eligible for advice?

Current Students and resent : Yes! The service is aimed in different ways at all year groups within Earth Sciences.  Recent Graduates: can access services by becoming members of GradClub.

Visit the Careers Service Website which also carries information about Employer Presentations, Careers Fairs and Forums. 


The diversity of the subjects means that geoscientists are employed in many different areas - see below - although five main broad areas may be defined:

Exploration and Production:

searching for and managing the extraction of natural resources such as fossil fuels (oil and gas), metals, construction materials. Includes mining geologists, mud loggers. Principal employers are usually the large oil, mining and civil engineering companies, but smaller consultants and contractors offer specialist services.

Water Supply:

locating and managing the quantity and quality of global water supplies.

Environmental and Engineering:

investigating and monitoring ground conditions associated with construction, planning, land use, reclamation of contaminated land, waste disposal and health.

Geological Surveying:

collecting surface and subsurface geological information, onshore and offshore, for geological, geophysical and geochemical maps and databases, the basic tools underpinning the utilisation of all geological resources. 

Education and Research:

teaching and research in universities; teaching in schools and colleges; museum work.

Geoscientists are also be employed in the fields of:

Acoustic & Air Pollution
Agricultural Science
Atmospheric Science
Civil Engineering 
Climate Sciences
Commercial, Sales & Marketing
Conservation Biology 
Contaminated Land &Remediation
Earth System Science
Economic Geology
Engineering Geology
Environmental Sciences
Glacial geology
Hydrology / Hydrogeology / Water
Marine Geology 
Mining / Mineral Exploration
Natural Resource Management
Oceanography / Marine Sciences 
Oil Field Services
Oil & Gas
Petroleum Engineering
Plant Science
Planetary Science
Remote Sensing / GIS
Science Administration, Policy & Management
Structural Geology
Soil Science
Space & Planetary Sciences 
Transport Engineering & Planning
Waste Management



The Earth Sciences Alumni Careers Event takes place every year in February. The event is always well received and attended and is followed by drinks and nibbles etc., where you are able to meet the speakers and the Senior Careers Consultant, UCL Careers Service, who is responsible for Earth Sciences. The participants have the opportunity to hear from a panel of our alumni, ask questions and network with them.  

We bring panel of experts from industry and academia. Number of our graduates have also established themselves as self-employed consultants. Each speaker talked about his/her career path and what their current role is like. The full biographies of our speakers is provided in the reports.

All our Alumni are invited to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn  Alumni groups. 

Facebook Alumni Group | LinkedIn | Twitter (@ES_UCL)
For latest video news check our EarthSciences YouTube channel.