careers A degree in the geosciences opens up a wide range of career options and a world of exploration. Imperial graduates currently have a 94 % employment rate and have average starting salaries that rank among the highest in the country. One of the reasons for this is that scientists are highly skilled. Geoscientists in particular are:

  • Literate and numerate, with a broad scientific knowledge base
  • Critical and integrative thinkers
  • Creative problem solvers, often with incomplete information/data
  • Excellent at combining theoretical and practical work
  • Both team players and independent workers

The range of industry areas our graduates go on to work in is broad, with Imperial College London ESE graduates, currently working in:

  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Geotechnical and engineering
  • Scientific research
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Government and policy
  • Finance, including insurance, risk and commodities
  • Consultancy
  • Business

Our graduates therefore go on to work both inside (for current jobs within geoscience see the Geoscience jobs site at the Geological Society webpage) and outside of the geosciences and some of our past graduates have written short profiles which detail their time at Imperial and their career following graduation.

Career Profiles: Our Graduates

Find out about what some of our graduates are doing now, and how a degree in Earth sciences helped shape their career.

In addition to the individual careers profiles above, you can also download a snapshot of the various industries and careers our graduates have chosen here.