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Earth science presents a wide range of career and future growth opportunities, ranging from working as an exploration geologist or GIS specialist to mine geologist, production geologist or even in the investing space as a geological analyst. 

Many young graduates also end up in laboratory-based fields as assay specialists, geochemical data analysts or instrument analysts.

The environmental and water science space opens up career paths like acid mine drainage remediation, aquifer exploration and production, water chemistry and analysis, all of which also links to our strong petroleum geoscience focus, on oil and gas reservoirs and exploration. 

Memberships with the GSSA (Geological Society of South Africa), SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Science Professions), and even associations like MINSA (Mineralogical Association of South Africa) are also key requirements for graduates.

Often calls for bursaries and work experience programmes are made through companies and institutions like the Council for Geoscience, Anglo American or even museums such as the Iziko museums Cape Town.

You can expect a long and exciting career from everything to computer and laboratory based positions to field positions based in exploration camps, or at many of the mines in South Africa.