Careers & Outcomes

Finding a career after you graduate can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have resources to help you.

You've found your passion, and now you're ready to turn that into a career. 

A good place to start is with the Career Center. They have many resources to help you find a summer job, internship, or a career, and they also have data on recent graduating classes to see what they have done. 

Once you graduate, you'll be faced with the important decision of how you want to begin your career. Generally you have four options:

  1. graduate school in geoscience 
  2. other education 
  3. starting a career
  4. taking a gap year 

Many undergraduates who are interested in a research career will pursue a PhD in Earth Science, Planetary Science, or in a related field. Students who major in Washington University's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department are highly sought after, and are routinely accepted into multiple PhD programs from top institutions.

If you choose a professional career, you'll want to determine which industry is most interesting to you. Nationally, the largest employers for geoscience graduates with a bachelor's degree are Environmental Services (such as environmental consulting), the Oil & Gas industry, and the federal government (agencies such as USGS and the National Park Service). A good way to get your foot in the door to one of these industries is through an internship.

Patty

Career Center Information

Meet Patty Katzfey

Make an appointment for Career Advising support with Patty Katzfey, Assistant Director, Career Development. Patty is the contact person at the Career Center for EPS students. You can make an appointment or she hosts walk-in hours, Fridays 1-3 pm in DUC 103. You are also welcome to stop by the Career Center (DUC 110) at any time. You don't need to bring an agenda - Patty can advise students who are just starting to explore career options and can also help those with more specific goals in mind. So don't be shy!

Email Patty Katzfey

Register for CareerLink

CAREERlink is a career management system where you can search and apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops, manage your applications, and RSVP for programs and workshops. On CAREERlink, you can also upload and submit application materials such as resumes, cover letters, and other supporting materials like writing samples and portfolios.

Visit the CareerLink website

Browse Resources and Tools

The CareerCenter has an abundant amount of resources and guides to help you along your journey.

Career Center Resources and Tools

Outcome Data

Every year the Career Center at Washington University surveys the graduating class to gather information about their post-graduation plans. They've compiled data for the past 3 years so you can see exactly what EPS graduates have gone on to do immediately following graduation.

See Career Center Data

What Does a Career in the Geosciences Look Like?

The American Geosciences Institute also provides a wealth of information on careers in the geosciences for interested students. Explore the diverse career pathways of geoscientists and find your way towards making a difference.

Visit the American Geosciences Institute website

Recent Graduate School Placements

WashU EPS majors are highly sought after, and are routinely accepted into multiple PhD programs from top institutions. In the last three years, some of our undergraduates have gone on to:

Brown University .   California Institute of Technology

Columbia University .   Cornell University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) .   Rice University

Pennsylvania State University .   Princeton University 

University of Arizona - Tuscon .   University of California - Berkeley

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Internship and Career Outcomes

Internships

A good way to get your foot in the door in an industry you are interested in is through an internship. Here are some of the companies at which our students found recent internships:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Center of the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
  • Clark Fork Organics
  • Columbia University
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Geophysics Research
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Harold L. Lyon Arboretum
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, National Security Technologies
  • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Kaua'i Archeology Field School
  • Linnean Solutions
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Where do our undergraduates go on to work?

Nationally, the largest employers for geoscience graduates with a bachelor's degree are Environmental Services (such as environmental consulting), the Oil & Gas industry, and the federal government (agencies such as USGS and the National Park Service). In a survey of our recent graduates, they reported working for the following companies:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Atlantic Brewing Co.
  • Burns & McDonnell Engineering
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Clean Line Energy
  • Environmental Works Inc
  • Green Corps
  • Koch Industries
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
  • Ryzen Solutions
  • Sinopec USA
  • Student Conservation Association

Many companies have internships available in a variety of locations.

Check out our list of internships