Alexandria, VA – New data collected by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and published in Geoscience Currents 68 reaffirms a decade-long trend of continued growth in U.S. undergraduate enrollments in the geosciences during the 2011-2012 academic year. The preliminary data shows an increase of approximately 3.3% for undergraduate enrollments, and more than 3,200 geoscience degrees conferred for the year. Graduate enrollments in the geosciences have remained relatively steady, reflecting that most programs are operating at-capacity. Of particular note regarding degrees awarded in 2011-2012 is the strong 44% increase in Master's degrees awarded, rising to 1,541. This robust growth is largely attributed to sharp increases in Master's degrees awarded in environmental science programs nationwide and geology programs in the Gulf Coast and Northeast regions.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also forecasts robust job growth for geoscientists! The job prospects for geoscientists can be explored at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/geoscientists.htm