About one-third of the earth's landmass is desert or semi-desert. These regions have unique geologic features not found in more humid areas. A variety of jobs are available in desert regions. The majority of the jobs are scientific in nature and may require some education above a high school diploma; a selection of jobs require no more than an interest in desert geography.
Science and Nature
Desert geologists conduct cave explorations, mine, study rock formations, drill, and engage in geophysics engineering.
Desert herpetologists study the breeding and other behaviors of snakes and other desert reptiles.
Desert engineers include evaluation contractors, construction engineers, and utility contractors. Many people work maintaining power plants and desalinization plants.
Desert biologists focus on desert plants and animals -- alive and dead -- including paleontology.
Desert recreation guides assist visitors who camp, hike, bike, fish, explore, whitewater raft, and golf in the desert.
There is always a need for nature and landscape desert photographers.
Government guides clarify and simplify government guidelines for desert exploration and enjoyment. They also enforce government rules such as those regarding fires and barbecues.
Ecology and Stewardship
Desert ecologists deal with environmental issues affecting desert habitats.
Desert archaeologists study past societies, excavation, analysis and interpretation of artifacts. In addition, their work can include archaeological theory, field methods, dating methods, conservation and museum studies.
Archaeological stewardship employees obtain baseline data on an initial visit with a professional archaeologist, revisit the site, make observations about the site condition, and immediately report any major impacts to the site since the last monitoring visit.