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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
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Based at UCCS, and with support from National Geographic, COGA provides educator resources and materials from organizations with similar goals, as well as opportunities such as workshops for students and educators.

Colorado Geographic Alliance (COGA)

The Trails and Open Space Coalition …is committed to preserving open space and parks and creating a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region.

Trails & Open Space Coalition (TOSC)

Envisioning a Colorado where connected, empowered, and sustainable communities have fulfilled their potential economically, environmentally, and socially, the Alliance offers programs, tools and demonstration models to meet this vision.

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

Motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Work(s) together to protect our communities and the planet. The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter

The Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) protects and preserves neighborhoods within the Pikes Peak region … (and) aids neighborhoods in working with government and public and private organizations to strengthen the public process and to improve the quality of life for all.

Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO)

Palmer Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve….majestic views of the mountains and plains, urban areas rich with interconnected open spaces and parks, working rural landscapes with few pockets of development, and landscape linkages that support wildlife and local agriculture.

Palmer Land Trust

The City of Colorado Springs has many volunteer opportunities related to transportation, water resources, parks, etc.

City of Colorado Springs

El Paso County hosts several local volunteer efforts. Check their website for details.

El Paso County