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Recent Geoscience Graduate Employment during the Pandemic, August 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleague,

This data brief provides insights from the most recent results from the Geoscience COVID-19 study regarding the employment status of recent geoscience graduates. As of August 2020, 94% of geoscience graduates who earned their degree between 2014-2018 were employed, while 77% of graduates from 2019 and 44% of graduates from 2020 reported the same. The current Geoscience COVID-19 study data does not show deviation from long-term employment trends of recent geoscience graduates and illustrates the general progression from graduation to job seeking to employment.

Recent geoscience graduates secured employment across a wide variety of sectors, with the highest percentages of graduates working in higher education (42%), government (26%), and environmental services (14%).

Unemployed recent graduates are predominantly seeking employment in the geosciences (77%), and just over half are also seeking employment outside of the geosciences. The most common reasons for seeking employment outside of the geosciences included a lack of job opportunities within the geosciences and not having adequate training or skills for available geoscience jobs.

We will continue to provide current snapshots on the impacts of COVID-19 on the geoscience enterprise throughout the year. For more information, and to participate in the study, please visit:

Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The results and interpretation of the survey are the views of the American Geosciences Institute and not those of the National Science Foundation.

Please visit the Geoscience Currents webpage ( or refer to the attached PDF for more information.

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