Academic journal article Journal of Geoscience Education

The Geosciences as an Employment Opportunity

Academic journal article Journal of Geoscience Education

The Geosciences as an Employment Opportunity

Article excerpt

Each quarter, the National Association of Colleges and Employers publish a listing of "Average Yearly Salary Offers for Bachelor's degree candidates. The data presented in the graph below were taken from their Salary Survey for Fall 2005 and is derived from a total of 20,607 job offers compiled over seventy-nine employment categories. The salary data are displayed in rank order.

Interestingly, students graduating with a Bachelor's degree in geology and related sciences reported an average annual offered salary of just under $40,000 ranking this job category at a respectable 52nd percentile. For comparison, biological/life sciences ($31,713, 26th percentile) and chemistry ($38,635, 48th percentile) fell below geology. Conversely, physics majors received significantly higher offers ($44,700, 71st percentile).

Environmental science/studies majors fell far below students in the other sciences in attracting competitive starting salary offers ($29,920, 12th percentile). From the data, it is unclear to what extent this low average salary is driven by students with non-technical degrees that focused on public affairs or public policy.

Education majors with secondary certification received an average offer of $31,845 falling at the 26th percentile - nearly identical to biology majors. …

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