All major social problem areas are also geoscientifically relevant topics (example: climate change). The job offer increasingly expands due to dwindling resources and reserves of metallic and non-metallic raw materials as well as the need for specialists for the future topics of climate, water, energy, soil and environment.
The approximately 20,000 geoscientists working in Germany are employed, for example, in engineering offices, consulting firms or other sectors of industry (construction industry, mining, oil industry, drilling companies, waterworks…). Their activities are applied and deal with issues such as groundwater exploration and protection, stability of the subsoil, investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, raw material prospecting and exploration, prediction and prevention of natural disasters as well as environmental protection issues in the broadest sense. Applied geoscientists find further fields of activity at universities or other research institutions but also at government agencies, offices and associations.