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Job Outlook 2017

A recent article in EOS (January 2017) discusses the job outlook for geoscientists over the next decade. The overall outlook is positive, suggesting above average job growth for geoscientists in general. The table below provides median salaries for earth scientists (Harwell, 2017). Go to the article.

Table 1. Occupational Outlook and Salaries for Selected Earth and Space Science Occupations*
OCCUPATIONS REQUIRED ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION 2015 MEDIAN SALARY (US$) PROJECTED GROWTH RATE: 2014-2024
Astronomers doctorate $111,000 7%, average
Atmospheric scientists (incl.meteorologists) bachelor's $90,000 9%, above average
Chemists bachelor's $73,000 3%, below average
Environmental scientists bachelor's $67,000 11%, above average
Geoscientists, except hydrogeologists bachelor's $90,000 10%, above average
Hydrogeologists bachelor's $80,000 7%, average
Mining & geological engineers bachelor's $94,000 6%, below average
Petroleum engineers bachelor's $130,000 10%, above average
Professors doctorate $72,000 13%, above average
All physical scientists $76,000
All occupations $36,000

* Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are 2015 annual averages for full-time wage and salary workers. Credit: Bureau of Labor Statistics (12 January 2017).