Occupational Outlook

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The geosciences cover a broad spectrum of the natural sciences. Depending on the respective specialization, the points of contact with the natural sciences and engineering can be more or less intensive. Geoscientists are therefore active in very diverse fields. Coupled with a basic understanding of natural sciences and engineering, geoscientists are also attractive to many companies in IT and software development. Career prospects are also available in the development and application of instrumental (chemical) analysis. Because of their interdisciplinary nature, many geoscientists are also employed outside their field. [1] The occupational areas are numerous and the occupational outlook is assessed as high due to the application-oriented, quantitative focus of the program. Applied geoscientists act in the following industries domestic and abroad:

  • Production and processing of raw materials (petroleum, gas, coal, geothermic, ore, noble metals, construction materials and so on)
  • Environmental Protection
  • Engineering offices: civil engineering, especially tunnel construction, dam construction, foundation work of huge buildings
  • Landfill technology
  • New materials (refractories, functional materials, ceramics, glass, etc.)
  • Crystal growing
  • Groundwater protection and analysis
  • Software industry
  • Development, production and distribution of analysis equipment
  • Public administrative, federal state authority as well as municipal facilities
  • Institutes for scientific research and universities
  • Museums

According to the BDG, the working geoscientists are distributed among the individual employment sectors as follows:

  • Industry and business: 25%
  • Freelancers, geo and engineering offices: 25%
  • Offices and authorities: 15%
  • Universities and research institutions: 10%
  • Related and non-specialized employment: 25%

[1] https://www.berufsreport.com/geowissenschaftler-die-zukunftsgaranten/

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