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.
The importance of geology and geologists to our society is often poorly understood and seldom considered. Geology is the body of knowledge that deals with the materials and structure of the solid earth and how it changes, and has changed, through time. By utilizing the technological knowledge obtained through geology, we are able to locate mineral and energy resources which are critical to our economic success, as well as minimize and prevent financial losses associated with natural disasters. It is the role of the geologist to research and assess the quantity, quality, availability, and recoverability of natural resources, and in conjunction with geological engineers, locate, evaluate, and develop cost-effective methods of extracting them. In addition, geologists collect data for use in environmental and resource conservation, land use and management, and global ecosystem research and testing.
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.