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U.S. Geological Survey Career Cards


What are some of the career tracks available at the USGS? Explore a series of informative cards that describe the job duties and qualifications for some of our scientific and technical positions.


biotech career card image Biological Science Technician
Biological Technicians perform many duties that add to the understanding of living organisms by assisting in the study of organisms, performing experiments, or working in biological science laboratories.

biologist career card image Biologist
Biologists plan and conduct biological investigations on wildlife and fishery resources as well as their habitat conditions to ensure high quality, defensible data for our Nation's decision makers.
cartographer career card image Cartographer
Combining both science and art, today's cartographers design and produce maps using information systems, incorporating satellite data, aerial reconnaissance, and field surveys to produce datasets used by both scientists and everyday people.
chemist career card image Chemist
Chemists design analytical methods, analyze samples, and review instrument results to ensure high-quality, defensible data are provided to our Nation's decision makers.
ecologist career card image Ecologist
Ecologists study the relations between living plants and animals and their environments. Healthy ecosystems provide society with essential ecosystem services, such as crop pollination, water and air purification, and harvestable populations of fish and wildlife.
geographer career card image Geographer
Geography is an interdisciplinary study of the spatial aspects of the surface of the Earth. The work of geographers encompasses a number of the sciences including climate and land-use changes, geology, meteorology, soil sciences, hydrology, biology, and much more.
geologist career card image Geologist
Geologists conduct research to find new ways to best manage the Nation's land, energy, and mineral resources, and solve problems related to hazards.
hydrologist career card image Hydrologist
Hydrologists study the properties, distribution, and effects of water on the Earth's surface, in the soil and underlying rocks, and in the atmosphere.
hydrotech career card image Hydrologic Technician
Hydrologic Technicians collect water data related to water quantity, quality, availability, and movement in surface-water and groundwater environments.
physical scientist career card image Physical Scientist
Physical Scientists study the physics and chemistry of nature and support a broad range of USGS activities.

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