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Career in Earth Sciences:
Earth Science, also referred to as geo science, is a broad term for the study of planet earth. There are many disciplines within the earth science such as geography, geology, geophysics, soil science, ecology, oceanography, atmospheric science including meteorology and climatology. Earth science jobs often combine field work with Geo information Services (GIS), research, modeling and data Analysis
Career in Earth Sciences

There are several subjects under earth science, known as sub-disciplines, subspecialties, which focus on particular aspects there are:
Climate Science, meteorology, Ocean Science, Mineralogy, Atmosperic Science, Seismology, Disaster management, geology, Geophysics, Polar Science and cryospheric Science,  Geo- Engineering, paleo-climatology, Biogeochemistry,  Geomorphology, Geography, Geomagnetism, Chemical oceanography, Applied Geo Physics, Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Marine Geophysics,  Geoinformatics, Remote sensing and GIS, Geospatial Studies, Applied geology, Marine geology, Environmental geology, mountain geology, Earth and planetary science, Oil and mining, Applied Geoscience etc
Career Opportunities with Earth Science:
As a profession, earth Science is very important, as people are concerned about the core subjects related to Earth Structure or processes.
Traditionally, job opportunities in earth science include positions in academia, government, environmental consulting, petroleum and mining sector. Many of these sectors are engaged in a long term hiring. job opportunities in the field of earth science are excellent with the right educational preparation. Earth scientists explore the earth and its processes.
Earth science is a broad field and career tracks are generally determined by specialization and level of education obtained. Earth Scientists can seek work in hydrology, soil science, and meteorology, oil and gas extraction or geology employers include government agencies, consulting firms, environmental management, services and the oil and gas industry. Jobs related to earth science include like geoscientist, geologist, Meteorologist, Geophysicist, Geohydrologist, etc.
Higher studies / research work may provide global opportunities in various national / international missions like Himalayan studies, South Ocean drilling program, Arctic Mission, Antarctic mission or even extraterrestrial studies i.e comet mission or space exploring program.
Major courses in Earth Science:
Earth science is a field. That requires candidates from various interdisciplinary branches. Degree/diploma courses are conducted by various universities/ Institutions in India and abroad .One can pursue different courses in the field of Earth Sciences. Few major Courses are given below:
  • B.Sc- in General science or Biological sciences, Natural Science
  • M.Sc – In Geology, Geophysics or Geography
  • M. Tech- in remote Sensing & GIS, Geoinformatics, mining engineering,
  • PG Dip. – In remote sensing & GIS, Geoinformatics, mining engineering
  • Short – Term Courses/ Diploma
  • Ph.D. – in Earth, Ocean or planetary science, Geophysics

Research Centers /Institutions for Earth Science:
There are many institutions, where one can build one’s career and/or continue the study/research work. Few of them are given below
  • National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvunanthapuram
  • National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa
  • National Centre for seismology (NCE), MoES
  • Indian national Centre for Medium Range weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida
  • National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai
  •  Integrated Coastal and marine area Management project Directorate (ICMAM PD), Chennai
  • Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun
  • National Centre for Seismology,  Noida
  • National Institute for Oceanography, Goa
  • Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi
  • Indian meteorological Department (IMD, New Delhi)
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
  • Department of Earth Science, IIT, Roorkee
  • Centre for Earth Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubaneshwar

Earth Science offering Universities:
There are many Universities, where one can pursue the courses in Earth Science, Few of them are:
  • University of Allahabad
  • Lucknow University
  • University of Delhi
  • Anna University, Chennai
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • University of jammu
  • University of Culcatta
  • Punjab University, Chandigarh
  • University of Madras
  • The M.S. University of Baroda
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • Kurukshetra University
  • Guwahati University
  • Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Kumaun University Nainital
  • Sikkim University, Gangtok
  • Rashtrasant Tukadiji Maharaj Nagpur University Nagpur
  • Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli
  • Mohanlal Sukhadia University Udaipur
  • Central University of Karnataka
  • University of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
  • jadhavpur University, Kolkata
  • Annamalai University, port Blair,
  • Various departments of Governmental colleges

Scope and Career Prospects in Earth Science
After pursuing a suitable degree or diploma course in Earth Sciences from the afore mentioned universities or similar institutions, the candidate can choose any of the given options as per his qualification, interest and potential. The most popular occupations for professional career are given below:
  • Scientist/ Analyst- In Government or private research institute / Organizations/ Testing laboratories
  • Lecture/ Professor – in University or academic institution
  • Lab-in Charge –in testing laboratories
  • Scientific officer –in testing laboratories
  • Scientific officer –in scientific governmental organizations or NGOs
  • Geologist
  • EC or FAE – for EIA Studies in Consultancies
  • Assistant Manager –in Corporate various groups
  • Geologist – for sensitive areas or special Regions
  • Consultant – In consultancy, NGOs or similar Firms
  • Writer/author – for various publishing houses or freelance
  • Scientific journalist/editor – for various magazines, newsletters, journals
  • Asst. Director/ Dy. Director – In Govt. institutions or ministries
  • JRF/SRF/RA/SRA- in various prestigious institutions i.e NIITs, IIts, IIsc, TIFER, etc
  • Technical officer or Specialist – in various agencies/institutions
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF)
  • Mining Engineer- Oil Exploration sector
  • Oceanographer – for various drilling Program/ missions
  • Expedioner – for Arctic, Antarctica Southern Ocean of Himalayan Studies

Apart from these, candidate can make his/her career in many other jobs/ posts. Earth Science is one of the fast growing disciplines having good career opportunities for enthusiastic students and researchers. After completing education in this discipline one can carve out a good career in India as well as abroad in accordance with one’s qualifications and field of interest
 (Source- Dr. Pawan Kumar Bharti, Employment news)

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