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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Careers and Employability


"Durham offered more than just a degree. It opened doors to opportunities which have proved invaluable in becoming a more rounded person. From the Durham University-led BP summer internship to taking a year out to work for the Environment Agency, I honed skills that I’d picked up in lectures and gained vital industry context."

Rosie, 2017, ESRI UK



Earth Scientists perform critical roles in every society worldwide. Earth Scientists locate and manage the natural resources we need to support our energy needs, to develop new technology and progress as a society. They protect the planet from humankind's excesses, and they protect humankind from natural disasters. The UK and indeed the world needs Earth Scientists more than ever and a degree from Durham University will ensure that you are able to maximise this opportunity, develop a successful career in geoscience, and play an important part in society.

Our degrees offer the perfect start to a huge range of careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Our graduates go on to secure employment within environmental management, engineering geology, hydrology and hydrogeology, natural resource exploration and management (oil, gas, minerals), GIS, and governmental environmental agencies.

Durham Earth Science degrees are also widely recognised as an excellent general degree qualification by a broad range of employers. Our graduates excel in quantitative analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, data synthesis, hypothesis testing, and in dealing with uncertainty. Many of our graduates have successful careers as professionals in the financial services, insurance, data analysis, accounting, management, business, and education sectors.