Geologists study all aspects of the earth, including its origin, history, composition, and structure. Astrogeologists are specialized geologists who study the geology of the earth’s moon, other planets and their moons, comets, asteroids, and meteorites. They are also known as exogeologists and planetary geologists. Approximately 34,690 geoscientists (including geologists) are employed in the United States. Only a tiny fraction of these workers specialize in the field of astrogeology.

Quick Facts
Duties Study the geology of the Earth’s Moon, other planets and their moons, asteroids, meteorites, and comets
Alternate Title(s) Astrogeochemists, Astrogeomorphologists, Astrogeophysicists, Exogeologists, Planetary Geologists, Structural Astrogeologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major employers of astrogeologists include the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Research Program in Flagstaff, Arizona; the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas; NASA Lunar Science Institute in Moffett Field, California; the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona; and the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
Experience Internships and volunteer experience
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Top Researcher, or College Professor, or Project Leader, or Program Manager
  • Astrogeologist
  • Geological Research Assistant

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