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AGI Publishes Geoscience Currents #117 #workforce #highered

Geoscience Currents #117
In last week's Geoscience Currents #117, AGI's Workforce Program examines latest in enrollments and degrees granted in geoscience programs in the United States. In 2015-2016 undergraduate enrollments slipped about 5%, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly, meanwhile bachelor's and doctoral degrees rebounded, and master's degrees dropped.

U.S. Geoscience Enrollments Sag, Bachelor and Doctoral Degrees Rise in 2016

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117
Friday, May 5, 2017

Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Undergraduate enrollments slipped about 5% but remains near record levels, while graduate enrollments dipped slightly.  The slip in undergraduate enrollments may reflect a perceived softness in geoscience employment. Graduate enrollments also dropped a little, mostly at the master’s-intended level, which is also most likely linked to job market concerns. In general, geoscience programs around the U.S.

Education Paths of Geoscientists Currently Employed in the United States with a Graduate Degree

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116
Monday, January 23, 2017
Currents #116
The figure below is a Sankey diagram, a flow diagram in which populations are shown proportionally along the flow paths. This visualization shows the educational paths of the current geoscience workforce, from high school location to their primary job industry, using the National Science Foundation’s Survey of College Graduates 2013 data. The nodes (darker vertical lines) display the relative number of geoscientists in each position in their educational path and primary job position. The ribbons show the flow of geoscientists through the nodes.

Latest Geoscience Currents highlights state geological survey publications

Geoscience Currents #115
Yesterday, the AGI Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #115 - "State Geological Survey Publications: Reaching Beyond State Boundaries." Many publications from state geological surveys are featured in the Critical Issues Research Database, which is maintained by AGI's Critical Issues Program.
 

State Geological Survey Publications: Reaching Beyond State Boundaries

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115
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Currents 115; Image Credit: American Geosciences Institute

AGI's Critical Issues Program aims to increase the use of geoscience information in the decision-making process, particularly at the state and local levels. The program specifically increases the discoverability of state geological survey content by featuring that content in the Research Database and Maps & Visualizations sections of the website.

Federal Funding for the Geosciences, 1970-2015

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114
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Currents #114
From 1970-2015, the geoscience share of federal research funding dropped from 10% to 7%. However, the actual amount of federal research funding spent on the geosciences has increased from 1970-2015. In 2013, $4 billion of federal research funding was spent on the geosciences, and $1.1 billion of that was given to universities for geoscience research.
 

Estimation of Relative Size of the Geoscience Workforce in Various Countries

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113
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Currents #113

This Currents demonstrates some of the issues that arise when trying to quantify the global geoscience workforce.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is very transparent in their labor counts by industry and occupation, which allows for AGI to prepare a realistic estimation of the size of the geoscience workforce in the U.S.  Most other countries either do not provide the detail or transparency comparable to the U.S., leading to both data availability and definitional problems.  Most countries provide data in a highly aggregated form by industry, and only three industries where ge

2015 Median Salaries for Geoscience-Related Occupations

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112
Friday, September 2, 2016
Currents #112
The graph shows the 2015 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent different occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for the broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geoscience occupations within that broad occupational groups. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737.

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