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Industry Outlook

The employment outlook for those in Earth science positions is generally expected to be good through 2024. 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) report titled Status of the Workforce, published in 2014, has a similar outlook for the industry. The AGI attributes future workforce shortages due to U.S. colleges and universities not graduating enough students in the geosciences to fill the rapidly growing vacancies.

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