April 29, 2002
Contact: Nick Claudy (703) 379-2480

AGI Releases 2001 Report on the Status of Academic
Geoscience Departments

ALEXANDRIA,VA — AGI has released the 2001 Report on the Status of Academic Geoscience Departments, which describes and analyzes enrollments, employment trends of recent graduates, faculty demographics and other department characteristics at degree-granting geoscience departments in the United States.

    The 2001 Report on the Status of Academic Geoscience Departments is the result of a comprehensive survey conducted by the American Geological Institute in 2001. Over 700 geoscience departments in the United States were included in the 2001 survey. “Close inspection of the findings presented in the 2001 Report reveals many of the factors – and uncertainties – that have a bearing on the future of the geoscience profession,” commented Marcus E. Milling, Executive Director of the American Geological Institute.

    The 2001 Report focuses on the following topics: geoscience enrollments and degrees granted; employment trends of recent graduates; faculty ranks; faculty teaching specialties; geoscience theses and dissertation topics; research funding support; and geoscience employment by employer category, age and gender. For some topics – employment  trends, faculty ranks, and research funding support – the report shows comparisons with results from the 1999 Report. For other topics – faculty teaching specialties, geoscience theses and dissertation topics, employment by employer category and age and gender distribution in the workforce – the report shows changes over a greater period of time.

    The free12-page 2001 Report on the Status of Academic Geoscience Departments is available online in PDF format at AGI also produces two companion online publications, the Guide to Geoscience Departments containing detailed information on almost 200 college and university geoscience departments and the Guide to Geoscience Careers and Employers highlighting information on all aspects of geoscience employment. Both of these free online publications are accessible from the web site

    The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 40 geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in mankind's use of resources and interaction with the environment. More information about AGI can be found at The Institute also provides a public-outreach web site,

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