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Facilitate Students' Professional Pathways

Two-year colleges play an important role in preparing the next generation of the geoscience workforce. And there is an array of issues that affect how and how well our institutions are able to do that. This part of the website will address what the community knows about career preparation in the context of 2YCs and how to develop the capacity to do it better.

Increase Career Preparation

Strengthening Career Preparation Across Programs

Preparing your students for their future careers isn't something you can do once and just check it off. Done well, it's an integral part of their education. Many different aspects of their experience - both inside and beyond the classroom - can contribute to your students' professional preparation. From advising and internships to seminars and innovative curricula, the opportunities to distribute information about geoscience careers and to integrate professional preparation throughout programs are numerous and varied.

Workforce Development Programs

Many programs throughout the country focus specifically on preparing students to enter the geotechnian workforce. These programs commonly focus on local issues and workforce needs, have both college-transfer and technical courses, and lead to AAS degrees or certificates.

Supporting Geoscience Transfer Students

Some students enter the geoscience workforce with a degree from a 2YC. Others need to transfer on for a four-year degree or more to reach the career they want for themselves. Understanding how to best support students before, during, and after the transfer process is critical to their success.

Undergraduate Research with 2YC Students

Two-year college (2YC) students can be a very different from those enrolled in four-year institutions and conducting research at 2YCs can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Regardless, two-year college students can benefit greatly from the academic and social development that research experiences afford.


Provide Career Information

What Do Geoscientists Do? An Overview

People with geoscience expertise can be found in many parts of the workforce. This page 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.

Geoscience Degrees and Careers

There are a wide array of careers available to people with degrees in geoscience but they require different levels of preparation. Students can use the information on this page to plot their own route to a satisfying career in the geosciences.

Employment in the Geosciences

The landscape of career opportunities in geoscience is constantly changing. To help your students prepare for their future careers, you need to know what their options will be.

Employer Perspectives: What do your students need to know and be able to do?

It's important that 2YC programs are designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies they will need to be successful in the workforce or when they transfer on to further study. The best source of this information is the employers who will be looking to hire your students after graduation. Here are some first-hand accounts of the kinds of abilities that will make your students into hireable assets for companies and agencies looking for geoscience expertise.

Professional Society Career Resources

There are many professional societies in the geosciences that offer guidance and resources for students interested in that particular field of work. There are also professional networks to support women and minorities in geoscience and in science careers in general.


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