What does a newly-minted geoscientist make?

The oil and gas industry is the largest hires more geoscience graduates than any other industry, according to a survey the American Geosciences Institute.

"Overall, the oil and gas companies are hiring more employees at graduation than any other industry, largely driven by effective on campus recruitment and highly competitive salaries," writes the reports authors.

Mining companies and environmental service organizations round out the top three hiring sectors for graduates.

Bachelor graduates annual salary ranged between $20,000 and $60,000. Masters students tended to make more than those holding doctorates.

"Every graduate making an annual salary of more than $90,000 found their job in the oil and gas industry.

Most found jobs in California, Texas, and Oklahoma. Those who found jobs in California will now work in environmental services, research institutes, and government agencies. Those who found jobs in Texas and Oklahoma joined the oil industry.