Geography

Geography degrees offer opportunities to develop solutions to some of the most pressing issues for modern society, including climate change, natural disasters, overpopulation, urban expansion, and multicultural integration.

A degree in geography can open a variety of career paths for you. You may find yourself traveling all over the world or working on the latest high-tech equipment making maps and marking coordinates.

Geographers find themselves in fields ranging from private industry, government planning, and administration to all levels of education. If you gain skills in geographic information systems (GIS), you will be in demand as this is increasingly applied to all aspects of human endeavors.

Common Jobs

  • writer/researcher
  • cartographer
  • defense intelligence agent
  • emergency routing specialist
  • meteorologist
  • U.S. Census specialist
  • environmental manager
  • forestry technician
  • park ranger
  • elementary/secondary school teacher
  • college professor
  • geographic information system (GIS) specialist
  • remote sensing analyst
  • community developer
  • travel agent
  • urban and community planner
  • transportation planner

As a meteorologist, you’ll predict the weather and study the causes of particular weather conditions using information obtained from the land, sea and upper atmosphere.

You’ll need to use computerized and mathematical models to make short and long-range forecasts concerning weather and climate patterns.

In addition to forecasting, you may also study the impact of weather on the environment and conduct research into weather patterns, climate change and models of weather prediction.

Common Jobs

  • meteorologist
  • climatologist
  • environmental scientist
  • storm chaser
  • TV and radio forecasters
  • education
  • disaster modeling
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service
  • U.S. military
  • TV and radio stations
  • consulting meteorology businesses
  • researcher

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