and Future Opportunities in the State Geologic Surveys
Geologist of Texas and Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
50 State Geologic Surveys (and Puerto Rico has one as well), each
headed by a State Geologist. Although quite diverse in size, charter,
budget, and mission, each survey has the basic responsibility
of delineating geologic resources and conditions as they impact
the economic and environmental well-being of its particular state.
For the purposes
of this meeting, each survey was polled to determine the staff
composition and future hiring trends of each. Because time was
short, only 29 states are included in the survey results, although
those 29 represent a good cross section of the country. The 29
states currently employ 710 earth scientists, 49% of which are
dominantly in fields related to Economic Resources, 43% dominantly
in fields related to Environmental Issues, and 8% dominantly in
Outreach, Information Technology and Other fields (Figure 1).
surveys are equal-opportunity employers, their hiring practices
being governed by the laws of their states. Many State Geologists
noted that ethnic minorities and women were not numerically well
represented among professional earth scientists. In general, future
employment opportunities in the State Surveys are stable to decreasing.
Many surveys hope to maintain staff size, several are decreasing
their staffs because of State and Federal budget cuts to earth
sciences, and only a few are expanding. Data regarding geographic
bias and future employment by discipline will also be presented.
Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, University
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