We employ the best and the brightest experts who bring a range of earth and life science disciplines. By integrating our diverse scientific expertise, we understand complex natural science phenomena and provide scientific products that lead to solutions. Every day the 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff work for you in more than 400 locations across the United States.

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Mission Areas

Our Science Strategy outlines the major societal issues that USGS science is poised to address. We've also created specific strategies for each of those areas to expand and advance the actions we can take in the next decade.

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Science Centers

Learn more about the research and monitoring that are conducted throughout the country by an individual Science Center. Find out more about what science is being done in your area.

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We employ over 9,000 people who work in every State across the nation with Regional Executives in the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Alaska. Throughout the regions across the United States, there are science centers that monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards, ecosystems, and more.

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Science Support

The amazing science we do at the USGS couldn’t be done without many people handling the support functions of our mission areas and their programs.