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Thinking critically about the student-to-professional transition; alignment of skills qualifications of geoscience master's students with current workforce employment

Heather R. Houlton
Thinking critically about the student-to-professional transition; alignment of skills qualifications of geoscience master's students with current workforce employment (in Education in the geosciences, Lisa Buckner (prefacer) and Susan Webb (prefacer))
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) (October 2015) 34 (10): 1220-1229

Abstract

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG) were awarded support from the National Science Foundation (NSF grant #1202707) to investigate non-Ph.D. preparatory master's degree programs in geology and geography. The study sought to understand students' experiences in their graduate programs, their career decisions, and how prepared they are in technical and nontechnical competencies. Faculty members and students from non-Ph.D.-granting geology and geography programs responded to an online Likert-style survey. Students responded directly to questions regarding their own experiences and preparation, whereas faculty members reported data on their previous and current master's students. Responses were compared with the trends in the careers of nonacademic professionals and their preparation in the same sets of skills. In addition, the study investigated how important those competencies are to the current positions of nonacademic professionals. Comparing the amount of preparation that students receive in their degree programs to how important those competencies are in the workplace allows researchers to determine whether the skills and competencies developed in master's programs adequately reflect geoscience workforce demands.


ISSN: 1070-485X
EISSN: 1938-3789
Serial Title: Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
Serial Volume: 34
Serial Issue: 10
Title: Thinking critically about the student-to-professional transition; alignment of skills qualifications of geoscience master's students with current workforce employment
Title: Education in the geosciences
Author(s): Houlton, Heather R.
Author(s): Buckner, Lisaprefacer
Author(s): Webb, Susanprefacer
Affiliation: American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA, United States
Pages: 1220-1229
Published: 201510
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 6
Accession Number: 2016-005450
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 201603
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