Geoscience Currents #40 examines data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2010 Fall Salary Survey pertaining to the starting salary offers of geoscience graduates at all degree levels in comparison to other science and arts graduates. At the bachelor’s level, geoscience graduates received average salary offers ranging between $37,431 for geological and related sciences majors to $77,278 for petroleum engineering majors. A Master’s degree is required for most geoscience occupations. Starting salary offers in 2010 for geological and related sciences averaged $56,689 for Master’s degree recipients and $58,625 for doctorates. In geoscience-related engineering disciplines, salary offers for Masterâ€™s degree recipients ranged from $86,769 for mining engineering to $96,000 for petroleum engineering.Â Read more in Geoscience Currents #40.
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EDMAP is an interactive and meaningful matching-funds grant program with universities for students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping as well as contribute to the national effort to geologically map all of the United States.
The American Geological Institute invites you to join us September 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm (US EDT) to listen to EDMAP participants: John T. Haynes of James Madison University; Randall C. Orndorff of the U.S. Geological Survey; and Alan F. Halfen Ph.D. Student at the University of Kansas; discuss the program’s history, future, and benefits.
This program trains the next generation of geologic mappers and is one of the three components of the congressionally-mandated U.S. Geological Survey National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP). Geology faculty, skilled in geologic mapping, request EDMAP funding to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their institution in a one-year mentored geologic mapping project that focuses on a specific geographic area. Also, each EDMAP proposal must be closely coordinated with a State Geologist or a USGS geologic mapping project. Every federal dollar awarded is matched with university funds. EDMAP has supported 144 universities and over 850 students from geoscience departments across the Nation.
The webinar is free. Visit AGI’s GeoWebinar page to learn more and register: http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/webinars.html.
This webinar is co-sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey.
GeoConnection Webinar Geosciences: Towards a Smarter Economy is now online! Click on the link to view the webinar.
Geoscience Currents#39 provides information about the USGS EDMAP program. This program is a matching-funds grant program with universities that is an interactive and meaningful program for students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping as well as contribute to the national effort to geologically map all of the United States. EDMAP has supported 144 universities and over 850 students from geoscience departments across the Nation. Read more in Geoscience Currents #39.
The NSF Graduate Fellowship program conferred an average of 927 graduate fellowships per year between 2000 and 2008, the majority (56-59%) of which were awarded to graduate students in the life sciences and engineering fields.Â During this period, approximately 3.5 percent of NSF graduate fellowships were awarded to geoscience students (~31 fellowships per year).Â Between 2008 and 2009, there was a 37% increase from the previous year in the total number of graduate fellowships awarded, and the percentage of total fellowships awarded to geoscience students increased to 8 percent.Â The total number of geoscience NSF graduate fellowships increased from 26 in 2008 to 94 in 2009.Â Read more in Geoscience Currents #38 and download the full report Trends in Geoscience NSF Graduate Fellowships (2000-2009).
The American Geological Institute (AGI) will be co-chairing a session with the YES Network at the 2010 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (13-17 December 2010) on creating professional development resources for early-career geoscientists.
This session aims to address the low percentage of geoscience graduates that transition successfully into the profession. National Science Foundation data indicates that approximately 14 percent of all geoscience graduates work in the core geoscience profession, and another 22 percent work in closely-aligned disciplines. With approximately 50 percent of the current workforce expected to retire within the next 10 to 15 years, there is a critical need for establishing professional development resources that will boost the flow of geoscience graduates into the profession.
AGU abstracts submissions are currently being accepted and the last day for submissions will be September 2, 2010. To submit your abstract to this session, please search for session ED27: Creating Professional Development Resources for Early-Career Geoscientists.
Date: 18 August 2010
Time: 10:00 -11:00 am US EDT (15:00 - 16:00 BST)
Join us to listen to the following speakers discuss this recently released report published by the Geological Survey of Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, and the Royal Irish Academy.Â The report details how geoscience can be oriented toward a smart economy, and describes how the geoscience sector can contribute to economic recovery.Â The report also provides a clear vision of the sector in 2020 and its implications for the geosciences within Ireland. To download the report, visit: http://www.gsi.ie/Geoscience+Initiatives/Geoscience+and+a+Smarter+Economy.htm
Dr. Peadar McArdle, Geological Survey of Ireland
Garth Earls, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
Prof. Pat Shannon, University College Dublin
Dr. Deirdre Lewis, Institute of Geologists of Ireland / SLR Consulting
This webinar is co-sponsored the Geological Survey of Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.
Participation in this webinar is free.
To register for this webinar, visit AGIâ€™s GeoWebinar website: http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/webinars.html
In 2008, a report entitled “Geoscience - Gaining Ground” was published outlining the contribution made by geoscience to the Irish economy and society in terms of employment, research, spatial development etc. The report identified that core geoscience activities were estimated at â‚¬1.4 billion and non-core activities amount to â‚¬1.9 billion. Total direct value was estimated at 2.24% of GNP in 2006, but because of the relatively low import content, the significance of this activity is greater than the figure itself suggests: the geoscience contribution comes to 3% GNP when indirect value is added.
The report concluded that if Ireland was serious about moving up the value chain in alignment with its knowledge-based economy aspirations, it would have to lay down stronger foundations in the geoscience sector, particularly in areas of research and public service.
On foot of the report, the Royal Irish Academy, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Geological Survey of Ireland commenced work on the â€œGeoscience - Towards a Smarter Economyâ€ report.
Despite the U.S. economyâ€™s downturn, geoscience salaries increased by 3.1 percent between 2008 and 2009, which is slightly more than the salary growth for other science occupations (2.1%) and for all U.S. occupations (2.8%). In 2009, the top geoscience salaries were for management positions (Natural Science Managers: $127,000, Engineering Managers: $122,810), petroleum engineers ($119,960), and geoscientists (excluding hydrologists and geographers) ($92,710). Read more in Geoscience Currents #37.
Currents #36: Student Perceptions of Geology and Implications for Choosing Among Different Science MajorsThursday, June 10th, 2010
This Geoscience Currents, authored by Dr. Thomas D. Hoisch from Northern Arizona University, examines the results from a survey of 783 students in introductory geology classes that were surveyed at Northern Arizona University during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 semesters. The survey evaluated the perceptions and attitudes toward the sciences that are offered as undergraduate degree programs: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics.
The survey results indicate that misperceptions exist regarding the field of geology. Geology was perceived to be low in prestige, low in difficulty and low-paying relative to biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, geology occupations were perceived to pay less than studentsâ€™ minimum salary expectations. Student perceptions of prestige, difficulty and pay are significantly correlated, with students tending to associate higher pay with greater prestige and difficulty (Hoisch and Bowie, in press).
Read more about the survey results in Currents #36, and register for this Geoscience Currents Discussion webinar at http://www.agiweb.org/workforce/currents.html.
This Geoscience Currents Discussion webinar will be on Friday, June 18, 2010 from 1:00-1:30 pm (US EDT). Participation in this webinar is free.