The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a strong outlook for careers in geosciences. The median income for geoscientists in May of 2015 was $89,700. The report states, "Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future."
Of course not everyone graduates to the job of their dreams from Earth Sciences, or any other major for that matter. Students can maximize their future employment prospects by not only achieving at a high level academically, but also by engaging in undergraduate research and summer internship opportunities. USD Earth Sciences faculty provide terrific opportunities for undergraduate research, and our connection with the South Dakota Geological Survey has provided many Earth Sciences majors summer internships/jobs.
|USGS collecting soil samples in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota (USGS photo)|