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Department of Geography


Careers

Geographers work across fields in the academic, business, government and nonprofit sectors. Careers range as widely as the subdisciplines within geography, spanning and often bridging social and natural sciences. Human geography explores spatial aspects of human existence. Physical geography investigates spatial patterns and processes of climate, landforms, vegetation, soil and water. Geographers also develop tools used for this work which are increasingly important for understanding our complex world.

Workforce Success

Geography majors develop skills to:

  • Gather, assess, analyze, interpret and display data
  • Solve mathematical and computational problems
  • Create maps
  • Integrate databases
  • Communicate effectively with writing and speaking
  • Understand abstract concepts and articulate these to a range of audiences
  • Think and plan spatially
  • Recognize the moral and ethical issues involved in debates
  • Visualize and analyze relationships between processes and places
  • Think multi-dimensionally and holistically to solve complex problems
  • Apply rhetorical theory to professional practice
  • Understand the composition of Earth and the processes that operate on it

 

Career Options by Sector

Geography graduates are employable in numerous careers, including:

  • Cartographer
  • Community developer
  • Demographer
  • Emergency management specialist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forestry technician
  • Foreign services officer
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst
  • Geographer
  • Geopolitical consultant
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Historic preservationist
  • Housing development specialist
  • International aid/development worker
  • Landscape architect
  • Lobbyist
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Map librarian
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Natural resources manager
  • Outdoor guide
  • Park ranger
  • Photogrammetric compilation specialist
  • Policy researcher
  • Professor
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Tourism officer
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Water resources specialist