Career Pathways

Whether you are close to graduating, a young professional, or seeking a change in direction, use these tips to guide you on your way. There are many more resources to come, so please check back often.


Take advantage of upcoming and recorded webinars.

Exploring Career Paths through Published Materials
Recorded Webinar
Emily Wild, U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 11 a.m. MST

Learn about the types of career paths have been made by exploring the published materials, subject classification scheme, historical aspects of geoscience careers and research, and other hidden information gems within the USGS Library.

Upcoming Events

Consider attending the GSA Annual Meeting or Section Meetings to begin networking with professionals and learn new skills.

Annual Meeting Events

GeoCareers in Industry

Networking with companies is the first step to prepare for a job in the private sector. If you seek a career in industry, consider attending meetings and conferences where you will have a chance to interact one-on-one with company representatives. The GeoCareers in Industry events at the Annual Meeting will connect you with sponsoring companies. Throughout the day you will present your research, visit company booths to learn more about their unique culture and environment, learn from representatives about their career experiences at a luncheon, and mingle with companies at an evening reception.

Career Pathway Panels

Attending a career panel may help you better understand the breadth of career choices available to you. By participating in the Geology in Industry or Geology in Government Panels you will hear from professionals about how they started their careers and learn tips on how to prepare for a position in these sectors.

Section Meeting Events

GSA offers six regional meetings each year. Each Section Meeting offers events and workshops centered around career planning and preparation.

Career Workshops

Attending our career workshop(s) will provide you with all the practical knowledge to begin your job search. Held as a series at GSA’s Section Meetings, topics include career planning, informational interviewing, geoscience career exploration, and writing cover letters, CV’s, and resumes.

Roy J. Shlemon and John Mann Mentor Programs

Hearing directly from professionals in your field will help you decide where you want to begin or transition your career. Held at GSA Section Meetings, these complimentary luncheons provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to speak and ask questions in a small group setting with applied geoscientists about real-world academic and career experiences.

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