Employment for geologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Opportunities in the field will be good because a large number of geologists are expected to retire during the next decade and demand for energy resources is expected to increase. Job opportunities will be especially strong for those with a master’s degree who are familiar with computer modeling and the global positioning system (GPS). Geologists who are able to speak a foreign language and who are willing to work overseas will also have strong employment prospects. In addition to the oil and gas industries, geologists will be able to find jobs in environmental monitoring, protection, and reclamation. Growth should also be strong in the areas of management, scientific, and technical consulting services, increasing the demand for geoscientists who work as consultants.

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