PhD students become researchers and professors in academia or find positions in government and nongovernmental service organizations. Graduates from the Geoscience PhD program are prepared for technical and leadership positions, including

  • earth and space science educator,
  • geoarchaelogist,
  • geochemist,
  • geological engineer,
  • hydrogeologist,
  • mining engineer, and
  • sedimentary petrologist.

Career Services

Office of Student Professional Development

The College of Science and Technology Office of Student Professional Development offers assistance to students as they navigate the search for postgraduate positions and research opportunities. The college also hosts job fairs, networking events and workshops.

Learn more about the Office of Student Professional Development.

Job Fairs

The College of Science and Technology job fairs, held each fall and spring semester, are open to undergraduate and master’s-level science and technology majors, as well as alumni of the college. Job fairs typically draw more than 60 employers, including Apex Life Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, Elsevier, Lockheed Martin, and the Wistar Institute.

The job fairs give you opportunities to

  • explore potential career paths,
  • network with Temple alumni and
  • talk to employers in your field of study.

Learn more about the College of Science and Technology job fairs.

University Career Center

You can visit Temple University’s Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence. You’ll have access to

  • an assessment of your professional direction,
  • interview tips and guidance,
  • job postings for students and alumni,
  • a listing of job search resources, and
  • support for job search strategies.


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Geoscience PhD may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, & Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Civil Drafters


Civil Engineers


Environmental Engineering Technicians


Geophysical Data Technicians






Mining & Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers


Natural Sciences Managers


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).