College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Careers in Geography

Geography today is an all-encompassing discipline that primarily seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities. The focus is not merely on where objects are, but how they are connected, have changed and come to be. Geography is divided into two main branches: human geography and physical geography, but because geographic analysis is so synthetic, it has been called "the world discipline" and "the bridge between the human and the physical sciences." Geography provides a broad and integrating background for careers requiring an understanding of peoples, places, and processes. An education in geography can range from the scientific and highly empirical to the humanistic and broadly interpretive. Typical geographic techniques include cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing, quantitative methods and qualitative methods. Whatever technique or combination of techniques are employed, geographers seek to understand and explain. Geographic careers can include government employment in various capacities, secondary school teaching, and positions in international or multicultural capacities in business and management. Preparation for graduate training is also offered to majors.

Jobs in Geography

Are you interested in pursuing a career in geography? Want to learn more about what geographers do and where they work? Have questions about how to prepare for a career in geography? As a geographer, you can make a difference — from teaching to planning, from working for sustainable development to working with geospatial technologies, and more! The Association of American Geographers' webpage has information about jobs and careers, which includes a variety of sources, tools and connections to other sites.

Check this link to find out what you can do with a degree in geography:

These links provide connections to sites that can help you find a job:

Geography Websites

Games and Trivia

Geography Research Aids