Geology Career Guide

Rocks

Past Internship Sites:

  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Wolverine Gas and Oil Group
  • West Michigan Environmental Council
  • Annis Water Institute
  • Western Land Services
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Study Abroad Haiti, Hydrogeology
  • Western Michigan University Field Camp
  • Western Land Services

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Staff Geologist - Fleis & Vandernbrink,
  • Environmental Quality Analyst - Department of Environmental Quality
  • Geospatial Technician - Spicer Group
  • Project Coordinator - Mateco Drilling Company
  • Environmental Technician - City of Kalamazoo
  • Mug Logger - Reservoir Group
  • Geosteerer - Four Point Energy
  • Environmental Compliance Manager - Kent County Department of Public Works
  • Engineering Geologist - Mark T. Mitchell Ltd
  • Appraisal Technician - Muskegon County
  • Lead Wellsite Geologist - Sunburst Consulting
  • Customer Service Representative - Farmers Insurance Group
  • Environmental Consultant - Perenzo Environmental Services
  • Mine Geologist - The Doe Run Company
  • Project Manager - Environmental Resource Management
  • Geologist - Barr Engineering
  • Landfill Remediation Technician - Kent County
  • Science Teacher - Grand Rapids Montessori High School
  • Geophysics PhD Student - Northwestern University
  • Well Test Operator - Weatherford

Spotlights

Logan Knoper '16 Spotlight

Logan Knoper '16

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the classes that I took, my favorite memory at GVSU was attending the sporting events like soccer games and football tailgates with friends.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologist Student Chapter
  • Association of Student Geographers and Planners
  • Geology Club
  • Urban Planning Association
  • Student Environmental Coalition

Study Abroad Programs

Geology students can reap huge benefits through studying abroad by gaining a better understanding of the most important problems facing society. Geologist can gain a different perspective on the issues such as water, energy, climate change and natural hazards in a different country. 


Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Cultural competencies
  • Analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information

Graduate & Professional Programs


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