This presentation will discuss three components and related questions:

As we shall see, there will be several areas of opportunity for the geophysicist in this environment, both in expanded traditional exploration and production roles and in emerging roles built on leveraging the unique capabilities of geophysicists into the new-economy elements of the 21st-century integrated major.

Major business and technological trends are shaping the integrated major of the 21st century (Table 1).


On the business side, the powerful trend of investor expectations and competition for investment market share that emerged in the 1990s will continue unabated into the next...

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