What Can I Do With a Major In Geography?
UGA Specific Information for Geography
Geography opens doors to a wide variety of careers, such as an environmental specialist, business location/allocation expert, market researcher, community development and planning specialist, cartographer, satellite image analyst, weather forecaster, or teacher. Opportunities in the technical fields of geographic information systems and mapping sciences continue to grow rapidly. Opportunities remain strong in the fields of regional development, urban planning, community organizing, social and environmental justice, and food geographies.
Geography includes multiple subdisciplines, including human and physical geography as well as methods for spatial analysis. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands. Some geographers are experts in Geographic Information Science (GIS), developing and applying methods for analyzing data to identify spatial patterns and associations. These methods are used in a range of fields including both physical and human geography as well as conservation, ecology, public health, and urban planning.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Geography*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional Career Research Resources
Specific Job Boards and Internships
- AAG Jobs in Geography Center
- AGI Internships and Fellowships
- AGS Student Scholar Internship
- AGU Pathfinder Career Center
- American Museum of Natural History REU Physical Sciences Program
- AMS Intern Board
- AMS Job Board
- APA Jobs Search
- ASPRS Geospatial Job Opportunities
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- EPA Internships
- GIS Jobs Clearinghouse
- GITA Career Center
- IRIS Summer Internship Program
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- URISA Job Postings
- Careers and Professional Development Resources
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Jobs & Careers
- Postdocs and Student Opportunities
- Preparing for a Geography Career
- Profiles of Geographers
- Salary Trends
- Where Geographers Work
- Congressional Science Fellowship
- Eos Careers Articles
- Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows
- On the Job Blog
- Career Guides & Tools
- Private Sector Mentorship Program
- Professional Certification Programs
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Certification and Licensing
- Choosing the Planning Profession
- Launching Your Planning Career
- Meet a Planner
- Planner Profiles
- Planning Degrees and Schools
- Salary Survey
- Sample Job Descriptions
- What Skills Do Planners Need?
- Where Do Planners Work?
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Assateague Island National Seashore||Native Plants Corps Intern||Athens-Clarke County Unified Government||Engineering Technician||Esri||Product Engineer, Product Engineering Intern||Lowe Engineers, LLC||Geospatial Analyst||NASA||DEVELOP Participant||Network 1 Consulting||Sales Operations Associate||Publix||Cashier||U.S. Census Bureau||Cartographic Technician||University of Georgia||Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources||WeatherSTEM||Web Developer||WMAZ-TV||Meteorologist|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Geography - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|Colorado State University||Atmospheric Science, Not Specified||Emory University||Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, MPH||University of Georgia||Geography, MS|