Earth Sciences


There is a global demand for our graduates as the world enters a period of environmental crisis and rapid transition. Because of this, formerly traditional career paths in the geo(Earth) sciences are being modified as world governments, industries and social structures react to many forms of global change.

A strength of our BSc and BSc(Tech) graduates is that they have been exposed to a broad range of Earth Sciences disciplines throughout their undergraduate degree, while our MSc and PhD graduates have developed world-class research skills in their specialist areas. A demand for earth scientists will grow as governments look for a better way to manage their land, coastal and water resources.

Graduates in Earth Sciences go on to a diverse range of careers in environmental and resource management as well as research. Over the last 35 years, our graduates have been highly successful in gaining employment. The careers they are embarking on provide work that is interesting, challenging, and can lead to a range of excellent longer-term prospects. There is continuing strong demand for people with skills in Earth Sciences, particularly in areas related to environmental management.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Coastal Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Contractor
  • Earth Scientist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Forestry Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geologist
  • Groundwater Scientist
  • Hazard Management
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher
  • Technician
  • Volcanologist
  • Water Laboratory Technician
  • Water Resource Management

Potential Employers

  • Agricultural Research Industry
  • Conservation Sector
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Environmental Consultancy Firms
  • Local Bodies and Regional Councils
  • Local Body Authorities
  • Mighty River Power
  • NIWA Ltd
  • Private Research Companies
  • Universities and Polytechnics

Related job websites

Earthworks Jobs
Job opportunities in virtually every Earth Science and related disciplines.

Geosciences Jobs
Links to job sites world-wide.