Careers in Geography

AREAS EMPLOYERS STRATEGIES
Physical Environment:    
  • Water and Natural Resources Planning
  • Environmental Impact
  • Terrain and Land Use
  • Federal government
  • Publishers of textbooks and maps
  • Travel agencies
  • Manufacturing and retail firms
  • Real estate developers
  • Corporations or companies in insurance, environmental work, transportation, communications and international trade
  • Scientific and research groups
  • Forestry, mining, engineering, architectural and surveying firms
  • Learn federal government job application process
  • Become skilled in related computer technology
  • Obtain related experience
  • Take elective courses in botany, plant science and wildlife
Human (socio-economic)  
  • Economic Development Population
  • Transportation
  • Social Sciences Research Policy Research
  • Program Development Program Administration
  • Health Care Data Collection & Analysis
  • Housing Statistics
  • State, regional, and local government
  • Federal government, including Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Mapping Agency, Bureau of Census, Dept. of State
  • Publishers of textbooks and maps
  • Travel agencies
  • Manufacturing and retail firms
  • Real estate developers 
  • Corporations or companies in insurance, environmental work, transportation, communication, and international trade
  • Scientific and research firms
  • Forestry, mining, engineering, architectural, and surveying firms
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process
  • Become skilled in related computer technology
  • Develop excellent communications skills
  • Obtain related experience
  • Understand local language, history, customs, and culture
Cartography:    
  • Mosaics
  • Photogrammetry
  • Stereo Plotting
  • Mapping
  • Private and Reproducing
  • Federal government, including Depts. of Defense, Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and State
  • State and local government agencies
  • Private industry, including utilities, construction, engineering, energy, environmental planning, and consulting firms
  • Become skilled in related computer technology
  • Learn photography skills
  • Take courses in surveying and measurements, photogrammetry, technical mathematics, drafting, statistics, optics, remote sensing, art, and graphics
  • Seek summer internships
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process
Remote Sensing Geographic Information Systems (GIS):    
  • Private companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Federal agencies, including U.S.G.S., Forest Service, Soil Conservation Service, Defense Mapping, Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin., Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Central Intelligence Agency
  • State and regional government: Dept. of Transportation, Agriculture, Environmental, and Health Planning Agencies
  • Develop excellent communications skills
  • Become skilled in related computer technology
  • Learn federal, state, and regional government job application process
Planning (Urban & Regional):    
  • City, county, and regional planning agencies
  • State government research organizations
  • Private business
  • Banks
  • Industrial firms
  • Airline companies
  • Utility companies
  • Federal government agencies, including Agency for International Development, World Bank, Dept. of Housing, and Urban Development
  • Real estate development
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process
  • Maintain excellent academic undergraduate record
  • Obtain master's degree in planning 

For more careers information, visit the University of Southern California geography department website. 

Specialties in Geography

Browse the links below for job listings for various specialties in geography.

 

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