Contact: Christopher Keane (703) 379-2480
November 8, 2000

To Order: (703) 379-2480


ALEXANDRIA, VA — Selecting a career is one of the most important decisions that a young person makes, and the American Geological Institute (AGI) strives to make those choices easier for students interested in the earth sciences. In 1998, the Institute released a video, “Professional Career Pathways in the Geosciences,” which has helped thousands of students make well-informed choices about career goals. This fall, AGI is releasing a new companion CD-ROM, “Careers for Geoscientists,” designed to complement the video and help today’s students prepare for tomorrow’s job market.

 The video, which has become a popular item with students as well as teachers and career counselors, focuses on “a day in the life” of 11 geoscientists. The new CD-ROM provides profiles on a different group of geoscientists — a larger and more diverse representation of professional men and women around the world. The 42 geoscientists who appear on the CD-ROM candidly discuss the issues that likely will be faced by those who choose careers in the geosciences.

 The CD-ROM is organized into four sections. The Overview provides a description of the geosciences and explains how geoscientists can work together as stewards of Earth. Profiles includes interviews of the 42 working earth scientists. Resources presents the most current salary information available; this section also offers databases of universities and employers, and provides information about internships and co-op work opportunities. Finally, the Path section provides a self-assessment exercise to help users determine what career options might work best for them.

 The “Careers for Geoscientists” CD-ROM is part of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series. In 1995, the American Geological Institute was one of nine professional mathematics and scientific societies to be awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to produce multimedia career-planning products for young people. More than 70 percent of U.S. geoscience departments have shown the 40-minute-long VHS video, introduced two years ago, to their students. Also in 1998, AGI launched a careers web site, The web site includes profiles of and career essays by prominent geoscientists; statistics on enrollment and employment; frequently asked questions; job listings in AGI’s monthly magazine, Geotimes; and links to other career web sites. Since the site was established in August 1998, it has averaged more than 3,000 visits per month.

The “Careers for Geoscientists” CD-ROM is available at a list price of $24.95. Members of AGI member societies receive a discounted price of $19.95. Please add an additional $6.00 for postage and handling costs in the contiguous U.S. Orders to addresses in Maryland and Virginia are subject to the applicable sales tax. All orders must be prepaid. Please make your check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. funds payable to the American Geological Institute. AGI also accepts VISA and MasterCard. Orders are sent by UPS Standard Service, whenever possible, and take two to three weeks for delivery. To determine overseas shipping costs or for additional information, contact the AGI Publications Department.

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