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Careers for Geography Majors

Geography is the study of the interrelationships between the earth and its people; it is considered both a social and natural science.

Geography considers the relationship between climate, land, water, space, mineral resources, demography and how people adapt to them.

Also visit the environmental science page for career resources.

Common careers fields for geography majors:

  • land management
  • publishing
  • environmental protection agencies
  • museums
  • state parks

Common job titles held by geography majors include:

  • cartographer
  • geophysicist
  • housing developer
  • climatologist
  • community developer
  • computer mapping
  • database manager
  • ecologist
  • educator
  • emergency manager
  • environmental analyst
  • environmental scientist
  • facilities manager
  • geographer
  • geomorphologist
  • hydrographer
  • political geographer
  • political scientist
  • intelligence researcher
  • land officer
  • land use potential analyst
  • landscape architect
  • map curator
  • market researcher
  • mathematician
  • medical geographer
  • meteorologist
  • military scientist
  • photointerpreter
  • physical geographer
  • real estate developer
  • regional geographer
  • remote sensor specialist
  • research analyst
  • resource conservation
  • retail site location analyst
  • site selection expert
  • soil conservationist
  • statistician
  • surveyor
  • terrain analyst
  • transportation planner
  • urban planner

Professional skills of geography majors

  • ability to operate/use information derived from computers
  • ability to understand/interpret maps, graphs and charts
  • acute spatial/form perception
  • good vision/manual dexterity
  • understanding of geographical principals
  • aptitude for statistics and math
  • proficiency in reading, writing and speaking
  • ability to conduct/explain scientific research
  • aptitude for accurate details
  • problem solving skills
  • ability to analyze, make appropriate decisions
  • ability to concentrate for long periods of time