Earth Science Education Careers & Outcomes
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers are in high demand in today’s workforce. Our graduates find satisfying jobs teaching at schools all across the country. The demand for Earth Science teachers is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
Generally speaking, education majors prepared in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest are in demand throughout the United States, and because of the region’s strong reputation of preparing teachers, often find it relatively easier to get a teaching license in other states. Teacher salaries vary greatly, depending on school district size, region of the country, subject area and educational attainment, but Earth science teachers typically enjoy starting salaries around $40,000.
Common career options for Geosciences graduates:
- High school geology, meteorology or astronomy teacher
- Middle school Earth science, life science or physical science teacher
- Environmental science teacher
Where Alumni Work
Our Earth Science Education alumni are helping to transform the world by transforming lives in their communities. While many graduates stay close and pursue careers in the ever-growing Fargo-Moorhead area school districts, other alumni teach in school districts in Minnesota and North Dakota, while a few others venture further from their alma mater to teach in states across the country or continue their education at graduate school.
- Geological Society of America
- Lunar and Planetary Institute
- Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association
- Minnesota Science Teachers Association
- National Association of Geoscience Teachers
- National Earth Science Teachers Association
- National Science Teachers Association
- U.S. Geological Survey (Education)