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Where will your Earth Sciences degree take you?

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Mexico City, Mexico

In the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences researchers complete fieldwork across the globe. For example, there is research being completed on the continental borderland west of Baja California, Mexico. A degree in Earth Sciences can take you there. Earth Sciences will allow you to specialise in a diverse range of areas. You can begin with geology this could take you to Mexico if you specialise thermochronology. Studying thermochronology involves analysing the thermal history of a specific rock. To do this you will examine plate boundary stresses and movement. Typically the scientist will study and date a number of rock samples from different places in a region. These rocks are sometimes found on a vertical divide on a cliff face. Hello mountaineering!

Canberra, Australia

A background in Earth Sciences provides more than the opportunity to work in research or science - you can apply your knowledge in national and international leadership positions. Perhaps you have an idea you have developed from your studies in Earth Sciences that you want to apply to real-world scenarios. Or you dream of bringing about positive change to society. These leadership positions will be challenging, you will have to be up to date with current affairs and ready to answer to many questions. Most importantly, as a leader you will have opportunities to make real changes to our world.

New York City, United States of America

Living in New York is the dream of many; will a degree in Earth Sciences be your ticket to the Big Apple? You will work with international organisations such as the United Nations (UN) that provide solutions to our most complex challenges. The UN is made up of 193 member states, this means that you will be working with people from all around the world. You have the opportunity to be involved with a range of issues, from combating climate change to defending human rights. Working with the UN can place you not only in New York City, but also in many other locations. A career with the UN is flexible; you may change departments, functions and fields throughout your career. This position involves having a high standard of integrity - after all you will be an international civil servant.

London, England

The metropolitan flair of London and its diverse cultural life attracts millions of visitors each year. The charm of this city has drawn people from all around the world - degree in Earth Sciences can get you there. London is the international centre of trade and innovation. It offers a promising employment market to job seekers from economics to geology. London is home to a pool of talent and skills; this city can provide you with the opportunity to vastly develop your network and your abilities. Your spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism will surely make you succeed in London.

Brussels, Belgium

The world looks to the European Union (EU) for solutions to complex problems that span the globe. Are you interested in being part of an innovative force that can shape our world? Do you want to make world-class research accessible to the world? Consider joining the civil service. A career in Earth Sciences will allow you to work with the EU, an organisation that constantly adapts to new situations and is always relevant. You will have career with real opportunities and job stability. This provides you with a chance to live and work in the beautiful city of Brussels. You will meet like-minded people from across the Europe and the world that will challenge and push your ideas further. A career with the EU can provide you with these benefits and more.

Thimphu, Bhutan

You may know it as the happiest country in the world, but the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is prone to natural hazards. In Bhutan landslides pose a real danger where mountainous terrain is prevalent. Rainfall induced slope failure is among the most common geo-environmental hazards in Bhutan. There is a direct correlation between the amount of rainfall and landslides in Bhutan. Bhutan needs improved mitigation capacity in order to effectively respond to these hazardous events. Your degree in Earth Sciences can help identify landslide areas and provide guidance to decision makers in this regions.

Beijing, China

China is rapidly developing its renewable energy infrastructure and leads the world in renewable energy generation. This is largely made up of hydroelectric and wind power, although solar power and smart grid technologies are also used. You can join a rapidly growing industry that is driven by market expansion. You can be part of the solution! Work with Chinese engineers, entrepreneurs and government officials to develop capacity in wind generation and renewable energy across this enormous country. The borders of China will not be your limit - you can apply your skills across the globe.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Do you want to gain access to one of the world's most technologically advanced industries? A basis in Earth Sciences provides you with exposure to the latest tools and equipment to do exactly that. The oil and mining industry allows you to work in a team with flexible rosters that allow you to balance work, family and leisure. Welcome to the land of opportunity, Dubai. Dubai is a true cultural melting pot with a climate that allows you to enjoy an outdoor-centric lifestyle for most of the year. Dubai is a centre for innovation and is committed to remaining a successful international centre for business in many different spheres.

Windhoek, Namibia

You are a high performing, passionate geologist. Be part of a world-class petroleum organisation providing benefits to all stakeholders. You could work for the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR). This will provide you with the opportunity to ensure energy security throughout the country. You can have a role in ensuring supply, through upstream and downstream operations, harnessing innovative industry best practices, while proactively embracing international safety, health and environmental protocols.

Dili, Timor

The world looks to researchers to find solutions to difficult problems everywhere including ending conflict and alleviating poverty. Research can take you into the field, perhaps to a village in Timor. Before you go there, you will not have imagined life there. With a degree in Earth Sciences you can make a difference in Timor. Our researchers and students frequently visit Timor to do a range of tasks these include geological mapping, landslide hazard mapping and analysing the tectonic evolution of Timor.


Earth sciences can take you to the edge of the world with ocean and atmospheric sciences such as hydrogeology. Glacier hydrology will take to you the mysterious world of Antarctica. You can explore the Antarctic ice sheet and the subglacial channels it is home to. Examine the flow of water and the way powerful rivers are developed throughout the continent. Your work in Antarctica may focus on sea level rise or mercury levels in the glaciers among many other fascinating areas. Let your degree take you there.

Mumbai, India

The Indian subcontinent has a history of devastating earthquakes. The major reason for the high frequency and intensity of the earthquakes is that the Indian plate is driving into Asia at a rate of approximately 47 mm/year. Your experience in Earth Sciences will provide you with the tools to analyse and predict such earthquakes. This opens doors for adaptation and mitigation in the most tectonically fragile environments across the world.

Paris, France

You want to be involved with the international transition to renewable energy. Earth Sciences will take you to the heart of this movement, right to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA is an autonomous organisation that works to ensure that clean energy that is both affordable and reliable reaches its 29 member countries, including Australia. Working with an institution such as the IEA allows you to have a major voice in the international debate on energy; you will provide authoritative analysis, statistics and recommendations. If you have an interest in energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement world wide - the IEA may be the place for you.

Patagonia, Argentina

The Argentine Patagonia is home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a glacier located in the southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The glacier is a tremendous 250 km2 ice formation. What makes this glacier so special? It is only one of the three Patagonian glaciers that is still growing. Glaciologists continue to debate why it is growing. Will your degree in Earth Sciences give you the tools to finally answer this long debated question?

Andes, South America

You may have heard of Machu Picchu. With a degree in Earth Sciences you can learn about Andean geology and what made it possible for this ancient site to be hidden amongst the mountainous terrain in Peru. The Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world. It runs along the western coast of South America and is about 7000km long. How did the Andes grow? What is the main contribution to its uplift? Is it magmatic, mantle flow, climatic or tectonic erosion? A bachelor in Earth Sciences gives you the chance to find out.

Mezen River, Russia

The geological epoch known as the Holocene has been responsible for part of the formation of the Russian permafrost. The continental climates of Siberia and the Russian Far East have also impacted this. What is the Holocene? What does impact the Russian permafrost have on the rest of the world? Will it be affected by future changes in climate? A degree in Earth Sciences will give you the tools to answer these questions and many more.

Mali, Africa

Have you ever wondered what meteorologists do aside from predicting the weather? Have you considered the links between climate and food production? The national meteorological service in Mali views this as a major priority and have designed a project that aims to provide farmers with seasonal climate information. The initiative provides farmers with information at critical points in the growing season in order to help rural communities manage the risks associated with variability in rainfall. A degree in Earth Sciences will allow you to not only predict rainfall but will give you the tools to make a real difference to issues such as global food security.

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Responsive and responsible describe you in a nutshell. You are highly attuned to what is going on around you and to the needs of others. You can see potential in everyone, want to help others achieve their goals. You provide inspiring leadership and thrive in a group environment. You are strong minded and work with determination to achieve accuracy, harmony and success in every aspect of your life. You want to understand how the earth system works so that you can help make the world a better place.

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Congratulations you are matched with Global Business

With your skills you can play a part in building and changing our world. You are decisive; assume leadership readily and lead by example. You are organised and quickly see inefficient and illogical procedures and policies. You respond to such problems with haste by developing and implementing comprehensive systems to solve challenges - big and small. Your abilities and passion of mineral, energy and water resources make you perfectly suited to a career in Earth Sciences and global business.

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Congratulations you are matched with Global Environment

People describe you as intelligent, alert and responsible. You are resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. This will prove essential when managing the risks of living in a changing and dynamic global environment. Being outdoors is when you feel most comfortable. You see life as full of possibilities, you are capable of making connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns you see. A degree in Earth Sciences will open doors to a career in global environment for you.

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Congratulations you are matched with Sustainable Energy

You are practical, matter-of-fact and realistic. These attributes lead you to see practical solutions to the world’s problems. You are decisive and organise projects and people to get things done. Your focus is on getting results in the most efficient way possible. With the renewable sector rapidly growing, you see potential in developing the skills to be part of it. You have high standards of competence and performance – for yourself and others, and believe you can apply these to this industry.

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What sort of Earth Scientist are you?

Earth Sciences career options

Global Business

Maths Physics Chemistry Economics

A degree in Earth Sciences opens the door to tackle the big challenges. Providing the resources that build our world is a trillion dollar business that involves our largest global companies. Your knowledge of mineral, energy and water resources could play an essential part in building our world.

Breadth subjects to look out for: Global Marketing, Globalisation and the World Economy, Economics of the Environment, International Finance, Political Economy, Managing the Multinational, Business Ethics

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Global Environment

Maths Physics Chemistry Environmental Science

Your understanding of how our planet works will be essential to managing the risks of living in a changing and dynamic global environment. Your degree will help predict our planets future and help us understand its past.

Breadth subjects to look out for: Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Change and Impacts, Costal Landforms and Processes, Economics of the Environment, Environmental Chemistry, Reshaping Environments

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People, Politics and Development

Maths Physics Chemistry Geography

We live at a time where we understand how our activity is impacting the planet in unprecedented ways. Your degree will allow an understanding of how the earth system works and can help make the world a better place.

Breadth subjects to look out for: Social Differences and Inequalities, Sustainability in Developing Communities, The Developing World, Community Volunteering for Change, Human Behaviour and Environment

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Sustainable Energy

Maths Physics Chemistry Environmental Science

The global energy industry is worth around $5 trillion and the renewable sector is rapidly growing. Your knowledge of the earth systems can help provide secure sustainable access to clean energy.

Breadth subjects to look out for: Sustainable Development, Systems Modelling and Design, Reshaping Environments, Introduction to Building Energy Modelling, Environmental Building Systems

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Course structure

Earth Sciences subject options: Dangerous Earth, Environmental Geosciences, Geology of South East Australia (summer subject), Past Climates: Icehouse to Greenhouse, Geochemistry and Petrogenesis, Hydrogeology and Environmental Chemistry, Science and Technology Internship, Economic Geology, Applied Geophysics, Geobiology & Paleobiology, Advanced Field Geology, Science Research Project, Atmospheric Environment Processes,Weather & Climate Systems.

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