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Geoscience Engineering

119 Master's Degrees Annually
17 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#229 in Popularity (Master's)
$99,410 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Geoscience Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many geoscience engineering graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 119
Graduate Certificate 40
Doctor’s Degree 17

What Geoscience Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to geoscience engineering and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Geoscience Engineering Majors

Geoscience Engineering majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Geoscience Engineering Majors

A major in geoscience engineering prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Geoscience Engineering Majors

A major in geoscience engineering will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Geoscience Engineering Major?

People with a geoscience engineering degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Biochemical Engineers 6.4% $96,980
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 8.2% $92,250

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Geoscience Engineering?

119 Master's Degrees Annually
28% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 72% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of geoscience engineering majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Geoscience Engineering Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 77
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Geoscience Engineering. About 19.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Geoscience Engineering Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of geoscience engineering students with a master’s degree is $69,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $69,900 (25th percentile) and $69,900 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in geoscience engineering, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $98,420 to $113,680 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to geoscience engineering. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with geoscience engineering may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for geoscience engineering careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.0%
Some College Courses 0.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 53.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 7.1%
Master’s Degree 17.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.0%
Doctoral Degree 14.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.7%

Online Geoscience Engineering Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 schools offered some type of geoscience engineering program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 13 3
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Geoscience Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a geoscience engineering grad is $99,410 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,190,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to geoscience engineering.

Major Number of Grads
Electrical Engineering 12,934
Mechanical Engineering 9,668
Civil Engineering 6,961
Computer Engineering 5,021
Biomedical Engineering 4,057
General Engineering 3,449
Industrial Engineering 3,359
Chemical Engineering 2,897
Systems Engineering 2,639
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 2,163
Materials Engineering 1,863
Other Engineering 1,859
Operations Research 1,273
Environmental Engineering 1,117
Petroleum Engineering 537
Engineering Science 451
Nuclear Engineering 440
Manufacturing Engineering 412
Agricultural Engineering 338
Robotics Engineering 333
Construction Engineering 312
Engineering Physics 282
Architectural Engineering 247
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 205
Engineering Mechanics 168
Ocean Engineering 154
Mining Engineering 142
Textile Engineering 106
Biological Engineering 63
Metallurgical Engineering 51
Marine Engineering 48
Ceramic Engineering 30
Surveying Engineering 21
Electromechanical Engineering 17
Paper Science & Engineering 9
Biochemical Engineering 6
Forest Engineering 0

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