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Geoscientists

Geoscientists
Quick Facts : Geoscientists*
2010 Median Pay$82,500
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201233,800
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change7,100


Geoscientists use a wide variety of tools, both simple and complex. In laboratories, they may use x rays and electron microscopes to determine the chemical and physical composition of rock samples. They also use remote sensing equipment to collect data and advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling software to analyze data.

What Geoscientists Do

  • Plan and conduct field studies, in which they visit locations to collect samples and conduct surveys
  • Analyze aerial photographs, well logs (detailed records of geologic formations found during drilling), and other data to locate natural resource deposits and estimate their size
  • Conduct laboratory tests on samples collected in the field
  • Present their findings to clients, colleagues, and other interested parties
  • Review reports and research done by other scientists

Work Environment

Most geoscientists split their time between working in offices and laboratories, and working outdoors (known as fieldwork). Fieldwork can require extensive travel to remote locations and irregular working hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020 with most new in management, scientific, and technical consulting services.
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Pay

The average salary of geoscientists was $82,500 in May 2010.
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Geoscientists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Geoscientists

82500

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Geoscientists*
Percent Change in Employment

Geoscientists

21.0059

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Geoscientists

Geoscientists need at least a bachelor's degree for entry-level positions. A Ph.D. is necessary for most high-level research and college teaching positions. In several states, geoscientists may need a license to offer their services to the public.
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