Perspectives on the Future Unconventional Geoscience Workforce
Missing from most of these discussions is how we best prepare students for a profession that increasingly includes economic, business, risk assessment, and management factors in analysis and decision making. While challenging at the undergraduate level, there are ways to include courses and experience in these areas at the graduate level without decreasing student participation in geoscience courses central to their occupational goals. As a science that seems to enjoy studying its own navel more than most, it is especially difficult to get faculties to look beyond how things were when they were in graduate school and peer into the professional world their graduates are entering. Our professional societies, especially their umbrella organization the American Geological Institute, should lead an effort to develop curricular options that extend beyond our comfort zone and prepare students for jobs in both core geoscience areas and in areas that will extend the reach and influence of the geosciences.