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.
On December 2nd, 2016 at 12:00pm PST, the California Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, with the UC Davis Student Chapter and the Sonoma State University Student Chapter will host a free conference call for those wanting an interview and resume workshop over the phone.
The USGS posted a link to their "Career Cards" that talk about different jobs within the survey. The cards cover the Biologist, Biological Science Technician, Cartographer, Chemist, Ecologist, Geographer, Geologist, Hydrologist, Hydrologic Technician and Physical Scientist.
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) have launched a dashboard to provide members access to data on geography and geographers. These data can be used to help support applications to establish new degree programs, or encourage students to major in geography and provide insight into the status of geography literacy and national trends in higher education.
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.
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