Geoscience Workforce Research

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities

The following survey report is from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and is a comprehensive report sponsored by six federal agencies. “This report calls attention to important trends in doctoral education, organized into themes highlighting important questions about doctorate recipients.”  Click here to read full report.

Predicted Shortfall in Geoscience Workforce

The Workforce Research team at the American Geosciences Institute have calculated that there will be a shortage of 135,000 geoscientists in the U.S. workforce over the next decade. Read the explanation of how they calculated this shortfall here. The team is clear that it assumed a lot, but is equally clear that “the geosciences will continue to be a lucrative field of employment over the next decade.” So, your chances of being paid for what you love to do are high!

Chosen degree fields of geoscience graduates in the 2013-2014 academic year

AGI Workforce staff surveyed all bachelor’s master’s and doctoral students graduating in the 2013-14 academic year.  This issue in AGI’s Currents series displays the degree fields these students chose. Geology is the most popular degree subject for undergraduates (at 31%). Geology drops to 9% at the doctoral level as students opt for more specialized subjects at graduate levels.

2013 median salaries of occupations in Earth and space sciences

This issue in AGI’s Currents series displays the median salaries for occupations across the Earth and space sciences. Petroleum engineers are at the top of the scale with managers in  natural science and engineering  taking second and third place.

Women’s enrollment and degrees conferred in geoscientific areas

AGI’s Workforce team have examined data about degrees conferred to women in the areas of atmospheric science, geography, geoscience/geology, and ocean science to see if those data match earlier findings that  female enrollments and awarded degrees in the geosciences have decreased. Read more here.

 Increase in geoscience enrollments

New data indicate that geoscience undergraduate enrollment levels in 2011-2012 are higher than 2010-2011. 44% more Masters degrees in geoscience were awarded in 2011-2012. Read the full report from American Geosciences Institute here.

Median Salaries for Geoscience-related Careers

Do you know that the wage packets of people in geoscience-related careers are fuller than all other Life, Physical, and Social Science employees?

Read more about how well compensated you are/can be in the Earth and space sciences! Thanks to the Workforce staff at the American Geosciences Institute for preparing this analysis!

Occupational Employment and Wages

Want to know how much you can make as a geoscientist? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) regularly compiles and publishes data and estimates.

Find out the current salary and employment estimates for

Atmospheric and Space Scientists
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Soil and Plant Scientists

You can read how the BLS project demand for people with Earth and space science training will grow here.

You can find out much more about the Occupational Employment Statistics program here.

Senior science?

Most professional geoscientists will retire within fifteen years or sooner. AGI’s Geoscience Currents March issue examines the demographic changes in academia and in federal government. Learn more about the shifts in professorships and the static number of early-career geoscientists under 40 years old.

Earth and Space Science Workforce Research

The American Geological Institute’s Workforce Program has issued information about women’s participation in geoscience occupations. Though more women are getting geoscience degrees, women’s presence in the geoscience workforce isn’t catching up. As this bulletin states, “the percentage of women in environmental science and geoscience occupations has not exceeded 30 percent since 2003.” Read the bulletin for more data and comparison graphs (PDF).

Following on from its report on women’s participation in Earth and space sciences, AGI’s workforce program has issued a bulletin (PDF) on underrepresented minorities in the Earth and space science occupations.

Surveys of Recent Ph.D. Graduates

AGU regularly collaborates with American Geological Institute (AGI) to produce studies documenting employment patterns and demographic characteristics of recent Ph.D.s.

Surveys of Recent Masters Graduates

AGU and AGI expanded the survey of the class of 2006 to include data about masters recipients.

Good news!

From 2008 to 2009 salaries in the geosciences increased by 3.1% which is 1 percent more than for occupations in other sciences. Read more in AGI’s latest workforce bulletin.