Preparing the Geoscientist Workforce of the Future: Undergraduate & Graduate Geoscience Education
Dr. Sharon Mosher
William Stamps Farish Chair and Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geoscience
The University of Texas at Austin
Over the last six years, the geoscience academic and employer community has developed a robust consensus on concepts, skills and competencies needed by undergraduates to be successful in graduate school and/or the workforce. Similar skills and competencies are needed for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences graduate students but at a more advanced level. Geoscience work today and in the future requires key quantitative reasoning and computational skills and professional skills (communication, teamwork, project management, etc.) be included in geoscience educational programs along with discipline specific concepts and skills. Students should be developing competencies so that they can continue to use these concepts and skills to solve other geoscience problems in the future. Geoscience employment is continuing to expand, but the careers of today will not be those of the next decade. Thus, departments need to prepare students for a significantly different future than today. Department heads and chairs across the country are implementing changes to their programs to meet these needs. This presentation will discuss what undergraduate and graduate students need to be successful in the future and how departments are responding to this challenge.