According to a recent report by the American Geological Institute (AGI) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), most PhD recipients in the earth and space sciences have been able to find employment in their fields.
The AGI and AGU found that students earning PhDs in the year 2003 earned slightly more than their colleagues who graduated in 2001 and 2002. 87% of these earth and space science PhDs are emnployed in work directly related to their fields.
Industrial sector employees reported the highest median salary at approximately $70,000. University post-docs reported the lowest median salary at just under $40,000. Image courtesy AGI
In addition to salary and employment data, the report gives insight to job satisfaction and diversity in the workplace.
For example, the report found that earth science PhDs are generally older than other natural science PhDs because they take time off between their undegraduate and graduate studies.
is based on a survey of 2003 PhD recipients conducted by the American Institute of Physics, the AGI, and the AGU.