Salary Trends and Employment Projections for Geoscience Careers

Monday, October 3, 2011

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.

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Salary Trends and Employment Projections for Geoscience Careers

Canadian Exploration - High Demands for the Future Workforce

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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.

Webinar co-sponsors: Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, Society of Economic Geologists, Inc.

This webinar was co-organized with the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Canadian Exploration - High Demands For the Future Workforce

Geoscience Careers in Mineral Exploration

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In this webinar, our speakers cover the following topics:

  • How to prepare yourself for a career in minerals exploration. Find out what type of academic background recruiters are looking for in geoscience graduates.
  • An overview of the minerals exploration industry including an explanation of what a junior exploration company does vs. an intermediate sized or major exploration / mining company.
  • Find out what career paths exist in the different types of companies.
  • The future outlook for employment opportunities in the minerals exploration industry.

Our speakers include:

  • Professor Bill Chavez, New Mexico Technical University
  • David Groves, Newmont Mining Corporation
  • M. Steve Enders, Society of Economic Geologists

Webinar Co-sponsors: PreCambrian Research Center, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, MiHR (Mining Industry Human Resources Council), Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Society of Economic Geologists, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

Geoscience Careers in Minerals Exploration


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