Earth Sciences lends itself to many different roles across a range of industries.

Within academia, graduates of the department are working in roles from Postdoctoral Researcher to Professor, within Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment, and Physics departments around the world. Our Research Careers page offers links to a range of academic job portals and more.

In industry, many of our alumni work in oil and gas, mining, risk management, financial services and other computational, modelling roles.

In government and third sector agencies, alumni work in environmental , diplomatic, advisory and consultancy roles.

According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2012-2014, Oxford Earth Scientists earn an average of £33,000 per year within 6 months of graduating. Alongside the Saïd Business School, that makes our leavers among the best-paid of all Oxford graduates.

Many of our alumni are active on and can be contacted by fellow alumni via the University’s Oxford Alumni Community online portal.

Alternatively, why not have a look at our Graduate Profiles?

OUGS Careers Fair

Every year the student society, Oxford University Geology Society, hosts a careers fair in the department, inviting alumni and other contacts in key organisations to speak to undergraduates, graduates and postdocs about their career opportunities. Alumni are welcome to attend as employers, recruiters, job-seekers or networkers.

In past years, we  have hosted recruiters and alumni from: Air Worldwide, Atkins, AWE Blacknest, BP, Cairn Energy, Carbon Capture & Storage Solutions, CGG, EcoVeritas, Elsevier, Environment Agency, ERC Equipoise, First Quantum, Fugro, Getech, Halcrow, Horizon Nuclear, JLT Re, Mott MacDonald, Neftex, OUMNH, Schlumberger, Shell, Teach First, Telespazio, Wiley.

If you are interested in showcasing your industry and speak to some of the brightest young minds in geosciences, please contact our External Relations Team via email or by phone: +44 (0) 1865 272031.

Careers Service

All undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni have access to the University’s Careers Service, located on Banbury Road, and online at Alumni have a dedicated Careers Officer, Mike Moss, and can continue to access events and guidance long after university. Click here for more details.

Alumni and other professionals working in the geosciences are able to contact the Careers Service with specific job and internship opportunities. Our students benefit greatly from access to high-quality summer projects in a range of industries, and feedback from companies stresses the value gained from our hard-working interns! For more information, check out the web pages related to Information for Recruiters and Internship Office.

External Agencies

The London Geological Society have a website dedicated to geoscience careers:  ‘Geology Career Pathways’, which includes information on  postgraduate choices, CV tips, and up-to-date careers resources such as an expanded range of career profiles, salary guide, and advice on professional development and equal opportunities. Alternatively, take a look at the vacancies advertised on their Geoscience Jobs portal.

Gradcracker advertises opportunities for students in STEM subjects. is designed to match your skills and preferred work environments to relevant jobs and courses. There are sections on writing CVs and personal statements, information about different industry sectors, and even information on funding, as well as access to numerous graduate-level jobs which can be applied for via the site. is the leading job search site for careers in Higher Education, including academic, research, administrative and support roles. Also handy for checking which qualifications might be needed to do future roles.

Search engines for a wide range of roles are also available on the Research Careers page, including Earthworks, AGU, Nature and New Scientist.