Entry to a career as professional geologist is usually through a first degree in Geoscience or a related subject, often followed by postgraduate study (MSc or PhD). Many UK degrees and masters are accredited by the Geological Society as an established benchmark of quality. Training and professional development then continues throughout the career of a professional geologist.
A variety of Earth science technical and support roles are also available, which do not require a degree.
Geoscientists work in a wide range of fields, from research, teaching and communication, to industries focused on minerals, water or energy resources, or the engineering or environmental sectors.