|Quick Facts: Geoscientists|
|2012 Median Pay||$90,890 per year
$43.70 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||38,200|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||16% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||6,000|
What Geoscientists Do
Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.
Most geoscientists split their time between working in offices and laboratories, and working outdoors. Doing research and investigations outdoors is commonly called fieldwork and can require extensive travel to remote locations and irregular working hours.
How to Become a Geoscientist
Most geoscientist jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree. In several states, geoscientists may need a license to offer their services to the public.
The median annual wage for geoscientists was $90,890 in May 2012.
Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future.