Employment in the Geosciences
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How much do geoscientists earn?
US Department of Labor
The US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook provides information about various careers (workplace, entry-level education, employment outlook, median salary, and more). The dollar figures listed constitute the median pay for that position in 2010 from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
- Atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists ($87,780)
- Environmental science and protection technicians ($41,380)
- Geographers ($72,800)
- Geological and petroleum technicians ($54,020)
- Geoscientists ($82,500)
- Hydrologists ($75,600)
Career Cornerstone Center, using data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, gives the median income for all geoscientists = $79,160. The median income in particular industries employing a lot of geoscientists are:
- Oil and gas extraction $127,560
- Federal Executive Branch $90,220
- Management, scientific, & technical consulting services $62,070
- State government $57,700
The American Geosciences Institute conducts extensive surveys of the geoscience workforce and puts together periodic reports on the state of affairs in the sector. The most recent report was published in 2011 but previous reports are also available.
Geoscience Employment Trends
Building Strong Geoscience Departments website has extensive information on the current trends in geoscience employment. These materials include presentations and videos from experts on the future of geoscience employment, articles and other resources, and employment data.
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