Programs of study offered by the Department of Geology are designed for individuals seeking a career as an earth scientist. Challenging and rewarding career opportunities occur in three main areas: environmental geoscience, engineering geology, and exploration for natural resources (especially coal, oil, gas). The majority of graduates have found employment with environmental and geotechnical companies or with energy companies. Other employers include geological surveys, and local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, such as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the WV Department of Environmental Protection. Career opportunities in the teaching profession at the high school and university level may also be available to those with advanced degrees.
An astounding 97% of alumni, 2006-2011, from the department of geology have gone on to either successfully find a career as a geologist, or pursue a higher education at a graduate school. Of that 97%, the 75% which have successfully found jobs as geologists make a median of $52,000 per year.
The department of geology welcomes Dr. Massey to the faculty for 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Massey will be teaching structural geology, field mapping, and a section of earth materials lab as well.