Geoscience Workforce Supply and Demand Trends

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an overall 19 percent increase in all geoscience-related jobs between 2006 and 2016, which is 9 percent faster than the growth rate for all U.S. occupations. Since 1995, the number of geoscience graduate degrees conferred has averaged approximately 854 per year. As such, current and projected trends indicate that there are not enough geoscientists to meet existing and future demands for professionals in geoscience-employing industries.

Tracking the Health of the Geoscience Workforce

Monday, December 1, 2008

Increased demands for resources and environmental activities, relative declines in college students entering technical fields, and expectations of growth commensurate with society as a whole challenge the competitiveness of the U.S. geoscience workforce. Because of prior business cycles, more than 50% of the workforce needed in natural resource industries in 10 years is currently not in the workforce. This issue is even more acute in government at all levels and in academic institutions.

Teaching Long-term Climate Change Using EarthInquiry

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

In the year 2000, the American Geological Institute (AGI) began developing its EarthInquiry activity series. Since that time, seven full-length activities have been released. Each EarthInquiry activity enables introductory college students to interact with real-time and archived geoscience data. EarthInquiry addresses some of the most commonly discussed topics in introductory geoscience course work. Each activity has its own workbook, printed by W.H. Freeman and Company that contains a code, allowing students access to the EarthInquiry web site.

EarthInquiry: Using On-Line Data to Help Students Explore Fundamental Concepts in Geoscience

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Using local case studies to learn about earth processes increases the relevance of science instruction. Students are encouraged to think about how geological processes affect their lives and experiences. Today, with many global data sets available on-line, instructors have unprecedented opportunities to bring local data into the classroom. However, while the resources are available, using on-line data presents a particular set of challenges. Access and entry to web sites frequently change and data format can be unpredictable.

Technical and Soft Skills Expectations During the Transition from Recent Graduate to New Hire

Saturday, December 1, 2001

Employer-applicant skill compatibility represents a major component of the career development process, particularly for new entrants to the job market. Newly minted geoscientists largely bring a distinct set of skills learned during their formal education and training, which combined with a broader view of the person are evaluated for career potential in today's major employers.

Due Diligence for Students - Geoscience Skills and Demographic Data for Career Planning

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

A major focus of the American Geological Institute's Human Resources program has been providing demographic and employment data so that students and mentors can better understand the dynamics of a career in the geosciences. AGI has a long history of collecting these data for the geoscience community, including 46 years of geoscience enrollments, periodic comprehensive surveys of employment in the discipline, and working closely with other organizations that collect these data.

Earth Inquiry: Using Scientific Data to Support Knowledge Acquisition in Physical and Environmental Geology

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

The educational implications of technological developments in data delivery, coupled with new insights into the dynamics of the Earth system, are having a profound influence on geoscience instruction. The geoscience education community is working to find effective ways to provide students with access to first-rate instructional activities for enhanced discipline understanding and competence in using real scientific data. Studies reveal that instructional utilization of Web-based materials present unique challenges.

Assessing the Structure of Geoscience Graduate Programs in the United States

Monday, November 5, 2018

To assess the relationship and connection between graduate student outcomes and the structural components of various geoscience graduate programs it is necessary to collect a parameterized description of the structure and nature of all graduate geoscience programs in the country. While most undergraduate geoscience programs have a common structure and curriculum, the fundamental structure of programs at the graduate level can vary greatly, ranging from traditional thesis and dissertation driven research programs to cohort-based, interdisciplinary, and interdepartmental programs.

A Preliminary Investigation of the Structure and Nature of Geoscience Graduate Programs in the United States

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In an effort to support the NSF-funded project, Universal Skills for Geoscience Graduate Student Success in the Workforce, an analysis of all the geoscience graduate programs has been conducted in order to identify and categorize the defining programmatic elements with the goal of connecting these elements with student outcomes and student success after graduation.

Teaching Non-Majors to Communicate the Importance of Geoscience for Policy Making through Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Strengthening the role of geosciences in policymaking is challenging anticipatory work. Geoscientists advance science-based decision-making by communicating the results, implications and value of research directly to policymakers (e.g. participating in Congressional Visit Days). However, improving geoscience policy also requires the voices of non-geoscientists. Teaching non-STEM majors the value of science-based policymaking contributes to science literacy overall, and it also helps generate potential advocates for the geosciences at the local, state and federal level.


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