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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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.

Employer Position Title(s)
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
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
Colorado State University Atmospheric Science, Not Specified
Emory University Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, MPH
University of Georgia Geography, MS
* denotes no responses received.