Welcome to GeoCareers

The GeoCareers program is one of GSA's top initiatives for helping students and early career professionals cultivate a fulfilling career path. At GSA Connects 2023, this program will offer both a GeoCareers Day and a Geocareers Corner.

GeoCareers Day is a full day event that offers several opportunities to learn from geoscience professionals and ask lots of questions. The GeoCareers Corner is a permanent space at GSA Connects to provide programs on career pathways, how to get a job and grow your career, mentorship opportunities, résumé clinics, networking, and more!

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GeoCareers Day

Sun., 15 Oct.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Ballroom A

If you are entering the job market, supporting someone who is, or just want more information on the types of non-academic geoscience careers in industry or with the federal government, you’ll want to attend this series of events. Registration is required and there is a $15 fee (which includes lunch). Sign up online when you register for the meeting.

Before you jump into the job-search process, gain an understanding of the current geoscience workforce data, including salary, employment trends, and projections. Presenters will also review the fundamentals of crafting a winning résumé and how to best utilize the USAJOBS database for applications for federal employment.

Visit agency and company booths to ask your career questions. Learn about each unique work culture and types of internships and careers available.

Meet with mentors from industry, government, and academia at roundtables during the GeoCareers Day events. The mentors will answer questions, offer advice about career plans, and comment on job opportunities within their fields.

Representatives from government and industry sectors will answer questions and offer advice in preparation for a career in these fields.


GeoCareers Programs

GeoCareers Corner

Everyone registered for GSA Connects 2023 is welcome to attend these GeoCareers events. These events will all be held in the GeoCareers Corner in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC), Room 403/404/405, unless otherwise noted.

Sat., 14 Oct.

Social media can be a major tool for recruitment in the geosciences, as well as improving perception and geoscience literacy among the general public. Come learn from renowned geo-communicators and social media experts on how you can get started with your own platform. Get ready to share your exciting knowledge with the world and make a lasting difference in the geoscience community!

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Sun., 15 Oct.

This event is being held for students interested in learning about research experiences for undergraduates (REU's). There will be short presentations from a variety of program managers, followed by Q&A. Have a cup of coffee, hear about some great opportunities, and network!

Important topics will be explored for attendees interested in applying to grad school, such as finding a potential advisor, proper ways to open communication with a possible advisor, drafting a personal statement, and much more. Anyone interested in pursuing grad school, currently in the process, or recently admitted are welcome!

Review will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Show up early to secure your 30-minute consultation. Bring two copies of your résumé.

Mentoring will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early to secure your 30-minute consultation.

Interested in learning more about natural history museum careers? Join early career scientist Carmi for an exploration and overview of this career path.

Hear from experienced science editors about how to create a well-prepared manuscript and what to expect during the review process. Also gain insight into the benefits of being a reviewer.

Learn more and register for free

This is an informal gathering for Latinx and Hispanic Geoscientists to get together for community and conversation.

This is an informal gathering for Native and Indigenous Geoscientists to get together for community and conversation.

Mon., 16 Oct.

Applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - The goals of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) program are: 1) to select, recognize, and financially support early-career individuals with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation of the full spectrum of diverse talents in STEM. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000. Attend this session to ask questions and learn more about how to apply.

This informal gathering will include remarks from representatives of several non-profits who have activities of interest to early career professionals. There will be time for networking and sharing ideas on how these organizations can best serve you.

Geoscientists may be required to have a license or professional certification or credential to document their competency and work in many parts of the world. Students and early career professionals need to know of these requirements and capture the benefits that will contribute to their success. Faculty also need to know about licensure and certification requirements to further the success of their students after graduation.

This reception provides students and early career professionals with an exciting opportunity to network with more than 40 geoscience professionals. The mentors will answer questions, offer advice about career plans, and comment on job opportunities within their fields.

Got questions about the ins and outs of geo-communication? Come meet five experts who are trailblazing the field for the next generation and ask them anything at this interactive panel.

This is an informal gathering for Geoscientists with disabilities to get together for community and conversation.

Join geographer and GIS professional Dr Joseph Kerski for a lively discussion on the future of geotechnologies in science, and how you can chart your own future with these rapidly evolving tools. Modern GIS tools are open, web-based, powerful, and straightforward to use, enabling you to make wiser decisions about the Earth using spatial analysis, field data gathering tools, mapping and visualization, and communicating your results with dashboards and interactive story maps.

Learn more about GSA's Student Advisory Council and how you can get involved. Network with GSA student representatives and fellow student members. Learn about student leadership experiences in the geosciences.

This is an informal gathering for AAPI Geoscientists to get together for community and conversation.

This informal gathering begins with remarks from a few key women speakers who will address issues faced by women in geology. A networking session follows, providing time for sharing ideas and getting to know other women geoscientists.

Tues., 17 Oct.

Want to see what other Geology Clubs are up to? Join the Geology Club Meet-Up and chat with other representatives about their activities, goals, and accomplishments.

Join us for this opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of agencies, institutions, and companies for discussions about career paths in the many fields of environmental and hydrogeology.

This is an informal gathering for Black Geoscientists to get together for community and conversation.

Join us for a great time of mixing and mingling of students, faculty, and professionals in an informal setting with food and beverages provided. Students will have several opportunities to win great prizes while playing some fun games.

A fun, informal gathering for queer geoscientists. Hors d'oeuvres and dessert provided. Cash bar.


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GeoCareers programs are also active at GSA Section Meetings and provide resources to students and early career professionals.

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