Earth Science Career

Career in Earth Science

Earth Science deals basically with subjects such as geography, geology, oceanography, and concerned with the study of the earth, its composition or any of its changing aspects.

Earth scientists or Geoscientists are the caretaker of the earth’s resources and environment. They use their knowledge to increase our understanding of earth processes and to improve the quality of human life. Their work and career paths vary widely because the geosciences are so broad and diverse.

Geosciences is not only just interesting as it involves the exploration of mysteries of earth, it is also a lucrative career option opening a wide range of opportunities to the aspirants of this course.

T.K. Biswal, HOD, Dept. of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay Says, “The Study of Earth Sciences is highly application – oriented and lucrative. In the age of increasing demand for energy, knowledge of earth sciences, aided with the advanced searched methods, provides a chance to explore the once unknown and difficult sources for coal and petroleum, automatic minerals and geothermal energy.”

Earth Science Career Courses

A quite good number of institutions offer M.Tech course in the field of Earth Sciences. M.Sc program in geology, applied geology or geophysics cover theoretical aspects in this field, whereas M.Tech program covers practical application such as exploration of petroleum, metal and non – metallic minerals and ground water.

  • M.Tech in Petroleum Geosciences
  • M.Tech in Applied Geology
  • M.Tech in Applied Geophysics

Earth Science Career Eligibility Criteria

Students who have completed M.Sc in geology, applied geology or geophysics and have a valid score of GATE are eligible for the M.Tech courses.

Earth Science Job Prospects

Placement is not a problem for the students of this course. Students can get jobs in the oil sector, mining sector, remote sensing sector and petroleum sector.

Geoscientists with experience have lucrative prospects in private consultancy work also. International consulting opportunities are bright for those who have had prior experience on international geoscientific projects.

Pay Package for Earth Science Career

The salary of the students ranges from [rupee] 3 lakh to [rupee] 6 lakh per month depending upon the sector one has joined.

Institutes / Universities offering Earth Science Courses

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Kharagpur