Career prospects

As a graduate of the MSc in Applied Earth Sciences, you will find jobs in industry, governmental organisations, knowledge institutes, and universities worldwide. These jobs are centred around the AES programme’s disciplines (Weather & Climate, Earth Observation, Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources), or around other engineering related disciplines/industries such as construction firms, energy, resource and water companies, IT companies, and consultancy firms advising these industries.

Graduates are employed by a range of governmental organisations, knowledge and space institutes, and NGO’s. Or they continue their academic career at leading universities within the Netherlands and abroad.

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What do graduates of Applied Earth Sciences end up doing in the world? Watch the video’s and read their stories to find out.

Freek Smit

Applied Earth Scientists are vital for the energy transition and for our future because the sub surface plays a key part in the energy transition. Apart from the subsurface, Applied Earth Scientists are also monitoring the earth using satellites, and that gives key insight into the changing of the climate.

Freek Smit, Assistant Drilling Supervisor, Aardyn BV

Beer van Esser

Think of carbon dioxide capture and storage, and geothermal energy… think of increasing the knowledge of the sub-surface via other industries. These are all industries that need a lot of applied earth engineers.

Beer van Esser, Operational Project Manager, TU Delft

Coco Antonissen

An example of a project we worked on last year was funding a company where they developed a service that maps trees in cities and assessed the impact of climate change on those different trees. And with that they helped the municipality to determine where they should grow trees and what kind of trees they should grow there.

Coco Antonissen, Advisor Satellite Applications, Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

Margot Ridderikhoff

My current project involves imaging the distribution of biomass in agricultural fields. With my team, we aim to support farmers with remote sensing data, which can provide continuous and reliable crop information. Enabling the farmers to optimise the available resources and implement timely interventions to maximise yields. As the stress on food supply increases due to the growing world population and climate change, crop monitoring can play a crucial role in ensuring food security.

― Margot Ridderikhoff, Software Engineer at Planet

Renske Free

For my first assignment, I was working at the Rock Department. I visited various quarries in France to find the right quality and quantity of rocks for the use of breakwaters. I also investigated how rocks for protection can be substituted for a more biodiversity enhancing alternative.

― Renske Free, International Trainee at Boskalis DTED