Careers

What do Geographers do?

Occupational Outlook for Geographers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

“The median annual wage of geographers was $76,420 in 2014.”

Jobs and Careers in Geography (Association of American Geographers)

“Geography is unique in linking the social sciences and natural sciences together. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly among the most important emerging fields for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth.”

Careers in Sustainability 

Sustainability is a growing field, with job opportunities in the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “although their specific career paths might differ, sustainability professionals promote environmental protection, social responsibility, and profitability.”

Salary Data for Geographers (Association of American Geographers)

“Using information from the US Department of Labor, the AAG has compiled data on a broad list of occupations (over 90!) related to geography. Using this online careers database, you can explore the diversity of career opportunities available to geographers, as well as retrieve data on salaries, projected growth, demand for key skills, and much more to guide your career planning. For each occupation, you can retrieve a description with related job titles, salary and trends data, as well as links for further exploration.”

Where Geographers Work (Association of American Geographers)

“Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education; business; local, state, or federal government agencies; and nonprofit organizations.”

VIDEO: Careers in Geography (Association of American Geographers)

VIDEO: What You Can Do With Geography (National Geographic Society)

What is it that Geographers do? (article by Reginald Golledge)

ESRI’s Careers in GIS