Careers in Geography

Geography undergraduates find jobs in all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and in industry. Some typical jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Urban/regional planner
  • Watershed manager


Employers the world over are interested in geographers, as the Department of Labor has identified geospatial technologies, along with biotechnology and nanotechnology, as industries that will see high growth through 2012. Geographers are often employed with organizations including (but not limited to):

  • National Geographic Society
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • local, regional, and state planning agencies
  • environmental and engineering consulting firms


Some students pursue further education in graduate or professional schools while others directly enter the work force. Recent graduates have gone on to work for ESRI, GeoEye, and TerraSim, among other organizations.