Science magazine reports this week on a phenomena we in the geosciences have been witnessing for the past couple years. They describe "a desperate quest for new talent has sent companies scrambling to hire new graduates" in the petroleum, mining, and environmental consulting industries.
Interestingly they note that "Geoscience graduates will have training that qualifies them for jobs outside of their home field. In fact, only 50% of people with geoscience degrees currently work in the geosciences, according to AGI."
Despite the booming job market, the number of academic positions for the geosciences has actually decreased slightly.