So what can you actually do with a geology degree?

Over the year, the geology department at Leicester organises a wide range of career focused events, like trips to geological career’s fairs and taking one day per year off timetable in order to allow employers to come in and talk about their company and also a chance for students to do a bit of networking. That day was today and I went along. It was a really useful experience for I’m sure all geology undergraduates get asked at least once, ‘So what can you actually do with geology?’ and fair play to them, for I certainly didn’t use to know and am probably still blissfully unaware of many possibilities. So it’s great to have these timetabled days to get a feel of what working as a real life geologist would be like. Here is a list of a few things you can do with geology that you might or might not know about;

Oil exploration

Waste management

Building and construction

Natural hazards and hazard mapping

Global strata correlation

Water sourcing


Mineral exploration

Volcanoes and earthquakes


Planetary geology and the search for extra-terrestrial life

Bridge and tunnel construction

Carbon emission mitigation

Climate change

And many, many more…. If you want details on how geology links with any of the above topics feel free to leave a comment below!

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About Eleri

Eleri has now graduated from the University of Leicester. Hello! My name is Eleri Simpson and I'm a 4th (and final!) year geology student at the University of Leicester. The parts of my course that I love the most are: mapping, igneous and metamorphic processes, geochemistry and volcanology. Outside of learning I'm part of the First Aid society and the University concert band, where I play the clarinet. I enjoy evenings at the pub, cooking, walking in the countryside and a good cup of tea.

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