Are you a student, graduate or early-career geoscientist? Are you looking for employment opportunities or seeking to enhance your career, but don't know where to start? Networking will help you learn about the many opportunities that are out there for geoscientists!
Here are a few tips that we've learned along the way!
Do you want to explore career options in the geosciences, but don't know where to start? Are you stuck in the middle of a job search and need some guidance? Check out some of these tips from geoscientists! The following are some pieces of advice about starting, pursuing, building and transitioning into a geoscience career. The following provides some basic information of six professionals that we interviewed who wanted to share some of their experiences and advice with students, recent graduates and early-career geoscientists.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) developed this infographic as a part of the Preparing Our Workforce (POW) Initiative to help students entering the workforce redefine what it means to have a career in geoscience. Having a successful geoscience career is not solely about mastering the technical fields of study, but additionally includes how students seamlessly integrate their interests and competencies to build a professional portfolio that will bolster their geoscience career.
Despite the lagging U.S. economy, salaries for aggregated geoscience-related occupations increased by 1.1 percent between 2009 and 2010, while aggregated salaries for all life, physical and social science occupations decreased. Salaries for all U.S. occupations only increased by 0.2 percent between 2009 and 2010. Over the past decade, geoscience salaries have increased between 8 and 27 percent, with the largest increases occurring in natural science manager salaries and petroleum engineering salaries, and the smallest increases in environmental engineering. In 2010, mean annual salaries for geoscience occupations ranged from $129,320 for natural science managers to $67,810 for environmental scientists. Although environmental scientists have the lowest salary of all geoscience occupations, their mean annual salary still exceeds the national average for other science occupations by $1,420. (Note all salaries were normalized to 2010 dollars for year-to-year comparisons). In addition to competitive salaries, geoscience occupations are expected to grow by 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding just over 60,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. The majority of the job growth will be in the professional, scientific and technical services sector. This webinar covers the information presented in Geoscience Currents #49-53.
After the presentations, there is a question and answer session where webinar participants ask questions of the speakers.
Our speakers include:
Dr. Martha Roberts, from MiHR, who will discuss labour market findings from the exploration study “Unearthing Possibilities”.
Scott Jobin-Bevans, from PDAC, who will speak about what’s happening on the ground in the minerals exploration sector, including what PDAC and S-IMEW are. What are the big changes coming up for companies? What’s exciting for new earth/geoscience graduates in the sector and why they should consider a career in minerals exploration?
April Bertrand, from GoldCorp Red Lake Gold Mine, who will discuss why she chose this educational path, what she finds exciting about this field, and where she hopes her career will take her.
Blake Schreiner, undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, who will discuss why he has chosen this educational path, what he finds exciting about this field, and where he hopes his career will take him.
Melanie Sturk, from MiHR, will wrap up our discussion by introducing the Explore for More career resources.