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Career Options

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Some geographers are employed by federal, state, and local governments while others do fieldwork that includes travel to foreign countries or remote locations. There are an increasing number of entry-level jobs with government and private entities in a number of very diverse specialty fields. With a degree in Geography, students can gain employment and pursue rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields. Opportunities include:  
  • Land use planner
  • Natural resource manager
  • Surveyor
  • Cultural resource specialist
  • Historic preservation consultant
  • Image/GIS analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Environmental activist
  • Water resources specialist
  • Atmospheric/space scientist
  • Forester
  • Teacher/professor
  • Real estate analyst  
  • Emergency management specialist
  • Hazards analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Environmental economist
  • Community activist
  • Tour guide
  • Historic preservationist
  • Public health officer
  • City/regional planner
  • Transportation planner

Soil and Plant Specialist, Water Resources Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Geophysicist

Natural Sciences Manager, Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist, Forester, Biological Science Technician

Community Resource Specialist, Market Researcher, Business Developer, Real Estate Appraiser

Tour Guide, Ethnic/Cultural Studies Teacher, Interpreter/Translator, Historic Preservationist 

Tour Guide, Accredited Land Consultant, Sustainability Manager

Geospatial Information Scientist, GIS Developer, Logistics Analyst

Geointelligence Specialist, Remote Sensing Scientist/Technologist, Radar and Sonar Technician

GIS Technician, Statistical Assistant, Planner

Urban and Regional Planner, Surveyor, Geophysical Data Technician, Environmental Specialist

Humanitarian Affairs Analyst, Program Manager

Climate Change Analyst, Weatherization Installers/Technician, Atmospheric/Space Scientist

Emergency Management Specialist, Forest Fire Inspector, Environmental Consultant, Risk Assessor

Community Organizer, Policy Consultant, Policy Researcher, Lobbyist

Market Analyst, Urban and Regional Planner, Demographer, Public Health Officer

Cartographer and Photogrammetrist, Surveying and Mapping Technician, Civil Drafter, Graphics Editor

Cartographer, Commercial Pilot, Surveyor, Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist, Geodesist

Surveyor, Water Quality Scientist, Soil Scientist, Field Interviewer, Environmental Health Specialist

Urban/Regional Planner, Interpreter/Translator, Historic Preservationist, Community Developer

International Development Specialist, Journalist, Foreign Services Officer

Human Resources Manager, Academic Advisor, Market Researcher, Public Diplomacy Officer