Career Mentoring

Geoscientists are some of the most highly sought after science professionals in the world. The global demand for geoscientists in areas such as environmental science, geographic information systems, and mineral resource extraction far exceeds the currently available workforce. Furthermore, the demand for geoscientists is expected to increase as global demand for natural resources increases and the environmental and climate impact of human activity expands into new geographic and biological ecosystems. Many of our graduates are employed with environmental consulting firms, government agencies, and energy and mining companies. Because meaningful and rapid availability of data is vital to all geoscientists, many graduates find employment as specialists in the rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems and remote sensing.

Some of our graduates go on to earn masters and doctoral degrees at some of the nation's most prestigious research universities. Importantly, the extensive interdisciplinary course of studies provided by the degrees in our department also prepares graduates for careers in many geoscience-related professions, such park service, science journalism, and science education.

Finding a career after graduation can be confusing and difficult at times. Below you'll find a list of career areas and the faculty in the department that can provide mentoring help for each. We may be teachers now, but many of us have industry and government experience as well. Keep in mind that some of these careers will require a graduate degree to enter and be successful, an undergraduate degree may not be enough.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have! Is there a career you're interested in, but it's not listed below? Let one of us know and we can help point you in the right direction!

Career Type

Faculty Member(s) to Speak with

Atmospheric Scientist

Dr. Alisa Hass

Cartographer

Dr. Jeremy Aber

Climate Change Scientist

Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El KadiriDr. Jeremy Aber

Conservation Scientist

Dr. Clay Harris, Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm

Earth Science & Environmental Educator

Dr. Alisa Hass

Environmental Geologist

Dr. Racha El KadiriAlan Brown

Environmental Scientist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Clay Harris

Geochemist

Dr. Warner Cribb

Geographer

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Alisa Hass

Geographic Information Systems Scientist/Analyst

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Racha El KadiriDr. Alisa Hass

Geointelligence Analyst

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Henrique Momm

Geomorphologist

Dr. Joe Collins, Dr. Henrique Momm

Geophysicist

Dr. Mark Abolins

Hazards Scientist/Response and Preparedness

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Jeremy Aber

Hydrologist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm

Marine Geologist

Dr. Clay Harris

Meteorologist

Dr. Alisa Hass

Mineralogist

Dr. Warner Cribb

Mining and Mineral Resources

Dr. Warner Cribb

Paleoclimatologist

Dr. Joe Collins, Dr. Alisa Hass

Paleontologist

Dr. Melissa Lobegeier, Alan Brown

Park Service

Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Jeremy Aber

Petroleum Geologist

Dr. Clay Harris

Photogrammetrist

Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Alisa Hass

Planning and Sustainability

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Remote Sensing Scientist

Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Science Outreach

Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Sedimentologist

Dr. Clay Harris, Dr. Joe Collins

Seismologist

Dr. Mark Abolins

Sustainability

Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Volcanologist

Dr. Warner Cribb

Water Resources Specialist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm

 

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Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. Warner Cribb’s research focuses on the geologic history of the solid Earth, with particular emphasis on the growth of continental crust in volcanic mountain belts. Most of Dr. Cribb’s students research the formation and chemical evolution of magmas that form volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington. Their research goal is to improve the understanding of how molten rock beneath volcanoes forms, and how the chemical and physical properties of the molten rock change as it travels through Earth’s crust towards the surface.

Student research involves conducting fieldwork in the spectacular Cascade Range to collect rock samples at volcanoes, and then conducting geochemical and mineralogical analyses of the samples in labs at MTSU. Dr. Cribb’s students learn useful skills through their research, such as how to conduct geologic sample collection, how to geochemically analyze rock and mineral samples, and how to interpret and model geochemical data.

Most of Dr. Cribb’s students present their research results at national scientific conferences. Many of his students have been awarded full graduate assistantships and fellowships to attend some of the best geology graduate research programs in the country, such as at Notre Dame University, Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, and the University of Utah. After earning their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, these students find employment in a range of geoscience employment sectors, such as mining, oil and gas exploration, advanced materials research, environmental consulting, and education.