Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers (19-2042)

Occupation description:  Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 358360 0.68 2533
United States 32,00036,500 14.0700 2,4003,550

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 52.0924.5231.34 44.2562.9290.34
Alaska 49.1028.4135.01 46.3260.5276.19
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 52.5528.7537.58 50.8966.0078.72
Fairbanks North Star Borough 39.8624.7530.76 37.5645.9358.84
Balance of State 48.9730.2635.42 45.3961.5378.15

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
35499 28.047.1 39.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation174
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation96
UI claimants previously working in occupation38
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 119
Number of job position postings 19
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.3

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher (8 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety (16 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher (8 Hours)

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
North Slope Training Cooperative

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01
Unescorted Module Update/Refresher - NSTC02

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC), Optional H2S/FES Certificate

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
NSTC 6 PACK + H2S Module Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection - Basic/Authorized
Fall Protection -Tower Climbing & Rescue

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Energy Isolation - Lockout/Tag out/018
NSTC ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Geological Science BS
Geomatics AAS
Geomatics BS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Earth Science BA
Geology MS
Geology PHD
Geophysics MS
Geophysics PHD
Geoscience BS
Oceanography MS
Oceanography PHD

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Marine Technology AAS
Marine Technology CT2

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)