Those involved in the earth sciences use their understanding of the rocks and minerals that make up the earth, as well as the water supply and living organisms to understand how the earth is made up, how it has changed in the past and how we can expect it to change in the future. On a daily basis we require water for drinking and constantly use energy and mineral resources, and because of this we create environmental changes that can cause contamination. There are also natural disasters that can occur such as volcanoes and earth quakes, and it is those who work in geosciences who deal with these issues.
Geoscience related occupations will address a number of issues when dealing with the earth such as water and mineral resource, energy, dealing with natural hazards, amongst others. Creating solutions for pollution and water disposal, as well as dealing with major civil engineering problems and the effects of global change caused by humans, are all issues that would be addressed by those in geosciences.
For those who are curious about the earth and have a passion for our environment, the Geosciences profession is the place to be. Regardless as to whether ones passion is in finding energy and mineral resources, or managing our water, there is an occupation within the Geosciences, and those working in the Geosciences industry as a rule love science, travel, adventure and the outdoors.
There are many different occupations within the earth sciences profession and these include geologists, environmental engineers, petroleum engineers, mining and geological engineers, air pollution control engineers, hydrologists, scientists, as well as those involved in education and training in earth sciences.
A recent article by AGI (the American Geosciences Institute) who get their information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, stated that the average median salary for geoscience related occupations in 2015 in the United States was $83 737.
What was interesting to note was that AGI also stated in the article that since 2013 all but three (petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and geographers) of the geosciences occupations saw increases in their median annual salaries, and the few that decreased, ranged from $430 – $ 2330. The reason for the decrease seen in petroleum engineers and geoscientists is likely driven by the economic slowdown in the oil and gas industry.
The below graph provided by AGI shows various colors that represent different occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for broader occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geosciences occupations within those broad occupational groups.