Careers in Geography

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Graduates of the geography programs become leaders in government agencies, industries, and businesses oriented toward natural resources, spatial analysis, and social services. Geographers are also actively involved in private consulting and research, development companies, and all levels of education.

Employment opportunities for geographers expanded by 22% from 2008 to 2018—well beyond the national average— and are continuing on that trajectory. The highly interdisciplinary nature of a geography degree has opened employment opportunities in both public and private capacities and contributes to the degree’s sustained marketability (see U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for salary information at

Career Resources

American Association of Geographers

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Opportunities in the Department

Paul Barth

Meet Paul Barth ‘17, a GIS graduate and Air Force veteran who went on to a career with Chevron after graduation.

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