Associate Degree in Geology


Geological and petroleum technician, $39,000*

Hydrologist, $61,500*

Soil Conservationist, $52,480*

Geologist, $83,178*

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health, $85,042.74**

Geological and Hydrologic Technicians, $47,923.20**

Geology Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13**

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers, $63,658.55**

Hydrologists, $111,274.24**

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers, $101,134.38**

Natural Sciences Managers, $148,280.05**

Physical Scientists, All Other, $95,817.41**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

**Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties

Career Info

An associate of science degree in geology is the foundation for four-year college studies in geography or geology. Advanced degrees often qualify for a career with natural resource companies, environmental companies, government agencies and universities, either doing field work or in laboratories, classrooms or offices.

Potential Careers

  • Geological and petroleum technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Geologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Volcanologist
  • Water and soil testing engineer
  • Geological engineers
  • Geological Education
  • Science Writing and Editing
  • Environmental Law