Know What Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Employers are Looking For
Written by Carol Ormand, based on ideas compiled from the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.
This collection of interviews of employers and employees within the geosciences focuses on what knowledge, skills and abilities are most useful in entry-level positions. Employers tell us what makes some candidates stand out from the competition, while recently employed graduates offer their advice to job candidates.
Read a variety of employer and employee perspectives and career profiles for different sectors of the future workforce, available from the InTeGrate project.
The American Geosciences Institute has a webinar series on careers in the geosciences. Follow the links below to watch webcasts of these webinars.
- Geoscientists in the Media : career opportunities for geoscientists in the media, from print to film
- Geoscience Careers in Mineral Exploration and Future Trends in Mining
- Geoscientists in the Finance Sector
- Geoscience Careers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Profiles of Geoscientists
Many educational and professional organizations have online career profile collections. Here are several of them, from
- The Science Education Resource Center
- The American Geosciences Institute
- Earth Science World
- The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography ( This site may be offline. )
- Heath, C.P.M., 2000. Technical and Non-technical Skills Needed by Oil Companies. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 48, n. 5., pp. 605-617.