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Geoscience Workforce Employment Changes (2018-2028)

New Geoscience Currents page from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) on projected employment growth in the geoscience workforce over the next decade. The following text courtesy of AGI.

Dear Colleague,

"In our latest data brief, we examine the recent employment projections data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as it relates to changes in the geoscience workforce between 2018 and 2028. The geoscience workforce is projected to grow 6.2% between 2018 and 2028, outpacing the national occupational projected growth of 5.2%.

Projected growth rates for individual geoscience occupations range between 2.4% and 9.2% for all but geoscience engineering managers, and those occupations projected to gain the greatest number of jobs are environmental scientists, environmental science technicians and environmental engineers. The majority of geoscience job growth over the coming decade will be within the professional, scientific and technical services sector where approximately 36% of those in geoscience occupations currently work. This sector is projected to gain just over 17,000 jobs between 2018 and 2028, an 11.7% increase over this period.

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