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Earth Sciences

Industry Outlook

The employment outlook for those in earth science positions is generally expected to be good through 2028. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts faster than average job growth for several earth science occupations during this period, due to a large number of expected retirements and the relatively low number of qualified earth science graduates entering the field. The American Geosciences Institute's (AGI) 2019 report, Status of the Workforce, has a similar outlook for the industry. The AGI expects a shortage of 118,000 full-time jobs in the coming decade, but notes that technology and innovation are helping to fill this gap somewhat. One concern is that employers are finding that new graduates lack several important skills in areas such as leadership, writing, collaboration, project management, analytics, adaptability, and programming.

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