Earth Science Field

STEM Education Data and Trends

NSF has created a tool that allows educators to explore trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related education and careers. The tool is designed to answer questions such as:

Compared to other states, how well are students in my state prepared in science and math? Am I doing enough to help my child as a parent? what are my (or my child's or student's) career opportunities in science and engineering fields? How much can I (they earn)?

Quick Facts: Participation of Women In Geoscience Occupations

The percentage of women earning geoscience degrees has increased steadily over the past two decades and in 2009, reached 43%. However, the representation of women in geoscience occupations continues to lag the percentage of women completing degrees in the discipline.

Read more: Source: Geoscience Currents, American Geological Institute, No 33, May 14, 2010

Quick Facts: Geoscience Salaries

Geoscience salaries have Increased by 3.1% between 2008 and 2009

Despite the U.S. economy’s downturn, geoscience salaries increased by 3.1 percent between 2008 and 2009, which is slightly more than the salary growth for other science occupations (2.1%) and for all U.S. occupations (2.8%). In 2009, the top geoscience salaries were for management positions (Natural Science Managers: $127,000, Engineering Managers: $122,810), petroleum engineers ($119,960), and geoscientists (excluding hydrologists and geographers) ($92,710).