What Can I Do with a Geography Degree?

montage graphic According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2007-2008 Edition, Geography is expected to grow from 2006 to 2016. Growth is predicted to significantly increase for surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying and mapping (Geographical Information Systems) technicians (increase by 21 percent from 2006 to 2016). Growth is also predicted for teachers at the secondary level, and professors at colleges and universities.

Geography: Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Geographers can find jobs in a diverse array of fields:

  • Physical and/or Human Geography
    • environmental assessment, monitoring, mitigation, reclamation, protection, and management
    • land use studies
    • resource potential analysis
    • ecological surveys and analysis
    • site and route selection
    • sustainable development studies

  • Physical Geography
    • soil evaluations, surveys, and erosion evaluation
    • irrigation and crop planning and monitoring
    • biophysical surveys and analyses
    • meteorology, hydrology, and watershed management
    • pollution monitoring

  • Human and Regional Geography
    • urban, rural, regional and land use planning
    • socio-economic studies
    • development studies
    • market research
    • transportation planning and data collection
    • historical-geographical heritage studies
    • park surveys, recreation and tourism studies

  • Technical, Field, and Lab-based Work
    • topographical site surveys
    • land surveys (requires further education)
    • natural resource data acquisition
    • geographical information systems (GIS studies)
    • remote sensing, including air photo interpretation and aerial surveys
    • cartography (map making)
    • computer mapping
    • land data statistical analysis
    • soil field work and analysis
    • biophysical field work and analysis
    • socio-economic and political surveys and analysis
      from the University of Calgary Geography Department