Today’s employers seek graduates who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. They want their employees to be team players who are willing to learn new skills. Our IUGFS field courses teach the skills employers want most. Our alumni indicate that work at the Field Station made a significant difference to their careers, preparing them with the necessary skills needed for success in the geosciences.
The demand for earth scientists is growing. Several pressures on the domestic market include the rising demand for energy, and the increasing need for clean water resources and associated environmental management.
In 2018, USA Today listed “Energy” as #3 in the top 10 industries that are adding jobs and thriving, with forecasted job growth of 115% by 2026.
Our domestic employment outlook is also affected by the increased need for mineral, metal, and energy products in the rapidly developing markets of Asia. In addition, many Earth scientists are nearing retirement, boosting the demand for geoscientists to replace them. A student beginning an Earth science concentration now will be well poised to take advantage of the strong market in the coming years.
Positions in the future will increasingly emphasize the integration of geological data acquisition (from soils, water, and rocks), analysis, synthesis, and response. This is especially true of volcanic and earthquake hazards. In addition, more attention is being given to predicting and mitigating the effects of flooding. This will require a new generation of geologists trained in the quantitative aspects of watershed hydrology, river mechanics and wetland function, and restoration.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median pay for geoscientists in 2020 was $93,580. The salary you might earn will vary, depending upon the industry. Even more good news: these numbers are likely to increase in the future, because demand for raw materials continues to grow.