Predicted Shortfall in Geoscience Workforce
The Workforce Research team at the American Geosciences Institute have calculated that there will be a shortage of 135,000 geoscientists in the U.S. workforce over the next decade. Read the explanation of how they calculated this shortfall here. The team is clear that it assumed a lot, but is equally clear that "the geosciences will continue to be a lucrative field of employment over the next decade." So, your chances of being paid for what you love to do are high!