WORKFORCE DATA ON QUANTITATIVE PREPARATION AND SKILLS OF EARLY CAREER GEOLOGISTS: PILOT RESULTS FROM THE GEOSCIENCE QUANTITATIVE PREPARATION SURVEY
Results indicate that when taken as a group, these early career geologists are satisfied with quantitative problem-solving and quantitative communication skills taught at their undergraduate institutions. Their satisfaction was slightly higher for coursework in the geoscience department than elsewhere in the university. Results for satisfaction items on with computer preparation were inconclusive, possibly due to imprecision in the survey items. The GQPS could not be evaluated as a full instrument, but individual items were validated. Based on the distributions of responses to individual confidence items and the frequency of reported usage of quantitative skills and methods in work settings, the sample population was deemed to be geologically numerate. This set of results may serve as a baseline data set for future workforce studies.