Underrepresented minority students (URMs, defined as groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and include American Indian or Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) continue to be underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). Although labor statistics show that the state of the geoscience profession is strong with median salaries ($89,780 per year) well above those of all occupations ($37,040) and a positive job growth outlook (increase in 14%) for the next decade compared to all occupations (7%), data reveal that the geosciences as a profession consistently has the lowest percentage of URM participation compared to all STEM fields. Here we examine geosciences data and explore some reasons why URMs continue to show apathy towards geoscience careers and offer some practical solutions of how to build a robust URM geoscience workforce pipeline for the 21st Century.
Presentation Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Start Time: 1:50:00 PM
Location: 204C (Anaheim Convention Center)
Presentation Type: Oral