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Approximately 31,000 geoscientists (including geophysicists) and 6,700 hydrologists are employed in the United States. About 27 percent of all geoscientists work in Texas. Geophysicists are employed primarily by the petroleum industry, mining companies, exploration and consulting firms, and research institutions. Some geophysicists work as consultants, offering their services on a fee or contract basis. Many work for the federal government, mainly the National Geodetic Survey, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Naval Oceanographic Office. Other geophysicists pursue teaching careers.

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