Careers in Science
Whether you're looking to find candidates for your organization's open positions or to land a job in geophysics, AGU's Career Center can help! Search the Career Center for your ideal job or for your most talented new hire! Get career advice and tips from experts and learn about colleagues' paths through science.
Most professional geoscientists will retire within fifteen years or sooner. AGI's Geoscience Currents March issue examines the demographic changes in academia and in federal government. Learn more about the shifts in professorships and the static number of early-career geoscientists under 40 years old.
Career Webinar: Get the Job: Mastering the Art of the Interview
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
The interview is a process that begins from the first moment of contact with an organization and ends with an official job offer - it is not simply the sit down, meet-and-greet for which job seekers typically prepare. Discover what you need to know and do to get the job from the first moment of interaction with an organization to the moment you leave the interview. We will focus on tactics for researching the organization beforehand, preparing for typical and atypical interviewing questions, and interview follow-up. We will also discuss the most critical steps you should take and the most crucial mistakes you should never make to get the job.
Webinar on Creating Outstanding Resumes and CVs for Outstanding Careers
AGU's first career webinar took take place on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST. Alaina Levine, an award-winning career consultant, lead the webinar.
Resumes and CVs don't get you jobs, they get you interviews. In this webinar, learn the secrets of making your resume or CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will actually be read and articulates your value to the organization and your field. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your resume or CV, and how to organize both using a skill inventory tool to better communicate your problem-solving abilities. We will also discuss what documents go into a CV package, and how to discern when to use a resume vs. a CV, depending on the job opportunity.
From 2008 to 2009 salaries in the geosciences increased by 3.1% which is 1 percent more than for occupations in other sciences. Read more in AGI's latest workforce bulletin.
Earth and Space Science Workforce Research
The American Geological Institute's Workforce Program has issued information about women's participation in geoscience occupations. Though more women are getting geoscience degrees, women's presence in the geoscience workforce isn't catching up. As this bulletin states, "the percentage of women in environmental science and geoscience occupations has not exceeded 30 percent since 2003." Read the bulletin for more data and comparison graphs .
Following on from its report on women's participation in Earth and space sciences, AGI's workforce program has issued a bulletin on underrepresented minorities in the Earth and space science occupations.
Surveys of Recent Ph.D. Graduates
AGU regularly collaborates with American Geological Institute (AGI) to produce studies documenting employment patterns and demographic characteristics of recent PhDs.
Surveys of Recent Masters Graduates
AGU and AGI expanded the survey of the class of 2006 to include data about masters recipients.
Earth and Space Science Careers
Want help writing a resume that is right on target? Need help getting started? We have a short guide, written by Lawrence Livermore scientist Peter S. Fiske, to help you write and organize your resume.
For more career assistance from Peter Fiske, consider purchasing “Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists” from AGU Books. Whether are you are a science undergraduate or graduate student, post-doc or senior scientist, you need practical career development advice, this book can help you explore all your options and develop dynamite strategies for landing the job of your dreams.
Interested in getting a degree in the Earth and space sciences? Learn about what geoscientists do.
Ph.D. Granting Institutions
Where can I get a degree in Oceanography? Seismology?
See our list of Ph.D.-granting Institutions and their URLs for answers.
Using Your Ph.D. Wisely
A number of Earth and space scientists have used their degrees in geophysics to follow non-traditional paths. What options do you have for your career? How can you get started? Here are comments from scientists who want to share their experiences following these paths in their careers.