Dive Deep or Fly High
A geoscientist can be a an oceanographer, paleontologist or even a planetary geologist studying planets and their moons to understand the origins of the solar system.
Geoscientists can work for global energy companies, NASA, environmental firms, water authorities, as well as research institutions and universities. They can also teach earth science to the next generation or be a college professor.
And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in geosciences are expected to grow much faster than most other industries, just as a huge percentage of the workforce retires.
So where jobs are disappearing in other areas, they’re expanding in geoscience:
- By 2025, eight billion people will live on the planet and we will need massive earth resources to sustain us all
- By 2030, the petroleum industry is likely to have at least 13,000 unfilled jobs
- 12% of today’s geoscientists are expected to retire by 2018
- Job availability for geoscientists in the United States is expected to increase by around 35% between 2008 and 2018
- The number of geoscience degrees granted in the United States each year has remained relatively stable for the past 15 years
Of course, not everyone is cut out to be a geoscientist. You must have a strong interest in science and technology, curiosity about the Earth and how it works, and the ability to ask and answer the questions facing the future of our planet. Understanding our planet and its resources will be the most critical scientific endeavor of the 21st century.