It sounds interesting, but can I make a living as a geologist?
Absolutely! Geologists work in business, government, private practice, and in teaching and research. In governmental work, geologists are generally employed in federal and state geological surveys, environmental protection agencies, mining bureaus, and water resource divisions. Geologists employed in business or private practice do many of the same things as do government employees, but in addition they may explore for minerals, oil and other valuable Earth resources, and they may consult for engineering firms. Academic geologists generally do the widest variety of geological studies and provide most of the basic information commercial geologists use in their enterprises. Geologists in colleges and universities, of course, also train most geoscience professionals. In elementary and secondary education, many geologists teach Earth Science - the broad study of the physical Earth and its systems.
Individuals who may not wish to pursue geology as a profession may still profit from a geology major. A bachelor's degree in geology is an excellent beginning for a career in science education, paleontology, archaeology, environmental law, and even business.