Influences on Geoscience Master's Students' Career Goals

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Geo Career MaPS
The Geoscience Career Master’s Preparation Survey by AGI and AAG inquired about Master’s students‘ career goals and what influenced those goals.  Looking across Geology programs, some students’ most common career goals include working in the private sector, in teaching, education or diversity, and aspiring towards management positions.  In Geography departments, Master’s students are looking to pursue teaching or education careers, work in the GIS field, or pursue industry careers in general.  

Why Geoscience Students Enroll in a Master's Program

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Geoscience Career MaPS
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG) received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate non-doctoral preparatory Master’s programs in Geology and physical Geography.   The graph below depicts eight commonly identified reasons why students decide to enroll in a Master’s program.

U.S. Geoscience Enrollments & Degrees Robust in 2014

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2013-2014 academic year. Enrollments continued its long-term growth trend with 6% and 4.5% increases for undergraduate and graduate enrollments, respectively. The continued growth likely reflects the strong employment outlook for the geosciences relative to the continued weak U.S. job market, though the drop in oil prices in late 2014 may impede some of that near-term growth.

Challenges Recent Graduates Overcame to Complete Degree

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Monday, November 10, 2014
Currents #94
Recent geoscience graduates were asked to describe their greatest challenge to completing their degree. The table highlights the most cited challenges by students, along with the percentage of graduates that faced the challenge and example comments from students. Thirteen percent of graduates either did not respond to the question or did not feel they faced a major obstacle while working towards their degree.

Chosen Degree Fields of Geoscience Graduates in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

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Friday, August 29, 2014
Currents #92
In the fall, spring, and summer of academic year 2013-2014, AGI distributed AGI’s Geoscience Student Exit Survey nationally to students graduating with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a geoscience field. The survey generated 688 responses from 167 different departments. Out of the 688 responses, 517 came from bachelor’s graduates, 115 came from master’s graduates, and 56 came from doctoral graduates. Using AGI’s graduation data from 2013, this sample size was determined as considerably large enough to represent the population of geoscience graduates.

2013 Median Salaries for Geoscience-Related Occupations

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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The graph shows the 2013 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent a dierent occupational category. The columns in the lighter colors display the annual median salary for a broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specic geoscience occupations within the broad occupational groups. Except for soil and plant scientists and technician occupations, the median salaries for the geoscience occupations are higher than the median salaries for the broader occupation groups.

The Industries of Geoscience Graduates' First Jobs by Degree Field

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The circular1 diagram below displays the connection between the degree fields of recent geoscience graduates (in color) to the industries where these geoscientists found their first job after graduation (in gray). The size of the bars along the outer edge of the circle represent the number of recent graduates that pursued a particular degree eld and entered a particular industry. Each colored, inner ribbon connects a particular degree field with the various industries where graduates found jobs.

Federal Grant Funding for the Geosciences for the Different Disciplines and from Various Agencies in 2010

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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According to NSF’s Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, in 2010, the federal government spent $3.3 billion on grants for basic and applied research in geoscience. The majority of this investment was spent on projects in the environmental sciences.


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