Employment in geoscience-related occupations is expected to grow about 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average growth of all U.S. occupations (10%). Environmental engineers are expected to see the largest growth in number of new jobs with a 31 percent growth rate, while geoscience engineering managers are expected to see the smallest growth at 10 percent.
Employment growth for aggregated geoscience-related occupations will be most robust in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (50%) and the waste management sector (32%).
Note that these projections do not factor in replacement needs due to attrition.
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Employment projections for geoscience-related occupations by industry sector, including all sectors (2008-2018). Source: AGI Geoscience Workforce Program, data derived from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections.