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
The graph shows the 2015 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent different occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for the broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geoscience occupations within that broad occupational groups. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) announces the publication of its 2016 Status of the Geoscience Workforce Report, its biennial comprehensive report on educational, employment, and economic indicators in the geosciences.
Every two years, the AGI Workforce Program synthesizes and analyzes national data sets that track the changes in the labor workforce to look for changes in the geoscience workforce. To provide an accurate count of the geoscientists working in the United States, AGI’s definition of the geosciences is regularly compared to the labor definitions provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).