Geography

Geographers study human activities in a place, regional, or global context.  They view the world as a complex mosaic of interconnected people, things, and activities.  Career opportunities in geography are diverse.  Employment opportunities vary from positions in business and government to jobs in planning and education. Others choose to utilize their knowledge and energies in programs such as the Peace Corps. Because of the breadth of the discipline, many students choose to specialize in a subfield such as community studies, natural resources and environmental sciences, earth system science, sustainability science, GIS and spatial analysis, or geographic education. Others may select a specific region of the world, such as either Latin America, Asia, or Africa, as a focal point for their studies.

Related career titles

Cartographer
College and University Professor*
Conservation manager
Consultant
Demographer
Ecologist
Economic developer
Environmental analyst
Geographer
Geographic information systems manager
Global positioning system specialist
Historic preservation consultant
Hydrologist
Location analyst
Market researcher
Park ranger
Real estate appraiser
Surveyor
Terrain and land use planner
Urban planner
Water and natural resource planner

*Additional training needed for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*

Careers for Nature Lovers and Other Outdoor Types
Careers in Focus: Archaeology
Careers in Science
Opportunities in Environmental Career
Opportunities in Social Science Careers
The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference
Careers in the Environment
Careers for Environmental Types and Others Who Respect the Earth

*Books are available for checkout.

Related geography links

K-State Geography Department
http://www.k-state.edu/geography/

Jobs in Geography
http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2005/spring/art01.pdf

American Geographical Society
http://www.amergeog.org/

Association of American Geographers
http://www.aag.org/

National Council for Geographic Education
http://www.ncge.org/

Society of Women Geographers
http://www.iswg.org/

Bureau of Land Management
http://www.blm.gov

National Geographic Society
http://www.nationalgeographic.com

National Society of Professional Surveyors
http://www.nsps.us.com/

Department of the Interior
http://www.doi.gov/index.cfm