A collection of non-academic career resources for geoscience students, mentors, and departments. Use this tool to discover career pathways, explore occupations, view career profiles, and learn how to find a geoscience position that fits your skills and interests.
Workforce Infographic courtesy of AGI. Illustration by K. Cantner, content by H. Houlton & A. Seadler.
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Geoscience jobs are expected to increase by 4.9% between 2019 and 2029 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). The retirement of 27% of the existing workforce, plus over 22,000 new jobs, will drive demand for young geoscientists over the coming decade (American Geosciences Institute).
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Workforce Infographic illustrates the many occupations a geoscientist could have across fields and sectors. You might be surprised to learn that your geoscience degree could help you become a financial advisor, an illustrator, or a lawyer! The geoscience workforce is fluid and evolving, with job opportunities to fit a range of interests and skills (AGI Critical Needs 2020: A Diverse and Robust Workforce).
The braided river STEM workforce career development model by Batchelor et al. (2021). Click here for accessible text-based version.
The geoscience workforce can be envisioned as a braided river (Batchelor et al., 2021). There is no single entry point to the workforce; individuals may find their way to the geosciences from a four-year university, technical or community college, or a job in another discipline. Like a branch of the river, a geoscientist's career will evolve in response to further education, personal responsibilities, and new interests, potentially spanning multiple positions and sectors.
Read more about how the braided river model redefines our thinking about STEM career paths and envision yourself as a member of an ever-changing workforce.
Select a graph below to view geoscience workforce data published by the American Geosciences Institute. Learn more by visiting AGI's Workforce Program, where you can view recent Geoscience Currents, surveys & reports. For accessible versions of these figures, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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