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strong emphasis in environmental geology and a "significant increase"
in the number of international graduate geoscience students at North
American institutions are revealed in the latest AAPG Status of
Academic Geoscience Departments report.
survey -- the tenth conducted by the AAPG Research Committee, all
under the leadership of Barry Katz -- was limited to departments
in the United States and Canada, and included departments without
in past years, the survey was intended to help define academic trends
for geoscience departments. Katz said that the emphasis on environmental
geology at the university level is evident in two key areas, according
was number one in the "department's academic strength" category,
replacing last year's winner, stratigraphy.
students -- by far -- are finding jobs in environmental geology
than in any other sector. Environmental jobs accounted for more
than 55 percent of those responding.
the petroleum sector job market showed a "significant decrease,"
Katz said, coming in at about 13 percent.
report is distributed annually to AAPG's Executive and Research
committees, and is available on the AAPG Web site.
has been a decrease in geoscience department size as measured
by both the number of faculty positions and students.
students account for about 38 percent of the student population.
students account for about 29 percent of all graduate students
(and 36 percent of all Ph.D. candidates).
top three reported academic strengths were environmental geology,
stratigraphy and hydrogeology.
six departments report petroleum geology as a strength.
information can be found online at www.aapg.org.