Do I need a degree?

Geotechnical Careers

Geotechnical staff who do not have degrees are employed by companies and consultancies from a variety of sectors including oil and gasengineering and water companies, academic and research institutes, and the larger museums. The British Geological Survey, which is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), also offers some jobs for non-graduates. 

Engineering Geologist on site


Geological technicians support the work of professional geologists by supplying the information and data they need to complete their research. Most of the work takes place indoors in laboratories. 

Tasks could include:

School leavers starting as junior technicians need at least four GSCEs (A-C) or Standard Grades (1-3), including maths and at least one science. Some posts require A levels / Highers or NVQs / SVQs.

A science-based BTEC / SQA national certificate or diploma may also be acceptable. Entry requirements for these qualifications vary, but are usually at least four GCSEs (A-C) or Standard Grades (1-3) or the equivalent.

Crossrail tunnel