Resources: Energy (Coal, Oil, Gas, Other Energy Sources)
- Structural geology
- Economic geology
- Fossil energy
- Petroleum industry including oil and gas exploration, production, storage, and waste disposal facilities
- Independent government agencies such as Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management
- State government
- Private companies
- Consulting firms
- Equipment suppliers
Information & Strategies
- Geologists working in the area of energy use various methods to determine where energy sources are accumulated.
- Because geologists often work closely with engineers, obtain some knowledge in engineering to aid communication.
- Gain knowledge of computer modeling and global positioning system (GPS). Both are used to locate deposits.
- Many geologists in this area of expertise work with oil and gas and may work in the geographic areas where deposits are found: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, California, offshore sites, or overseas in oil-producing countries.
- This industry is subject to fluctuations, so be prepared to work on a contract basis.
- Develop excellent writing skills to publish reports and to solicit grants from government, industry, and private foundations.
- In order to manage projects, obtain management and leadership experience.