Outlook for the Geosciences in the Workforce
Professionals with geoscientific knowledge and experience can be immersed in a diverse array of occupations like hazard mitigation, community organizing, science journalism or managing sustainability efforts for large corporations. This series of pages contains descriptions of various aspects of the geoscience and environmental science workforce, and examines traditional pathways as well as emerging opportunities.
A Two-Year College Perspective
Workforce Oveview lays out information about what geoscientists do, what kinds of preparation are necessary, and what the earning potential is in various parts of the geoscience workforce.
Career Pathways - Students can use the information on this page to plot their own route to a satisfying career in the geosciences.
Career Profiles - This collection of career profiles combines personal descriptions of the individual career paths of many geoscience professionals. From academia, to industry, to government, and beyond, there are many ways that a geoscience degree can set our students up for success.
- Employment trends from BSGD
- Workforce trends from BSGD
- Careers and Futures from BSGD
- Summary of what different degree will get you from BSGD
- Info from Roger's talk
- Info from Rick's talk about oil industry projections.
- A clarification to Kate's question about conflicting perspective about the employment horizon
- info from Terry's talk
Davies, John, 2011, GreenBiz Salary Survey 2011 , Published online November 14, 2011
Mascarelli, A., 2013, Sustainability: Environmental puzzle solvers, Nature 494, 507-509. doi:10.1038/nj7438-507a. Published online February 27, 2013.
Perkins, Sid, 2011, Geosciences: Earth works , Nature 473, 243-244. doi:10.1038/nj7346-243a. Published online May 11, 2011.
Data and Reports:
American Geosciences Institute, AGI Geoscience Workforce Program ReportsBureau of Labor Statistics:
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action (2013), by the National Academy of Science, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. View a PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 1.4MB Apr26 13) of this report.
Wind career tool http://www.iseek.org/industry/energy/careers/careers-in-wind.html
Federal Support for US Mining Schools (pdf), by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., March 2013
Utilities Seek Fresh Talent for Smart Grids, New York Times, published December 29, 2010.