Geologists with master’s degrees are in high demand!
On a national scale, geology jobs are projected to grow by 35% in the next decade. This is nearly 3 times the expected average growth rate all jobs. In Louisiana alone, there will be between 100,000 and 195,000 jobs created in fields like water management and oil/gas production over the next 20 years.
Most of these jobs are high paying. The average starting salary for a petroleum geologist with a MS degree is $103,800/year.
Geologists with master’s degrees are often employed in the following fields:
- The oil and gas industry
- Hydrology, Environmental, and Geotechnical Engineering companies
- Federal state, and local government agencies (USGS, NASA, EPA, LDNR, LDEQ, etc.)
- The mining and mineral industry
- National research labs
- Science educators
- Geographic information specialists
We have many major and small companies that recruit our master's students on campus (Schlumberger, Chevron, QEP Resources, and Halliburton to name a few).