Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences and the natural sciences. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth.
Great paying jobs that are in high demand
The US Department of Labor Labor projects “much faster than average” growth, in excess of 20% or more, in jobs for geographers, geoscientists, cartographers, urban and regional planners, and other geographic professionals, with projected needs of upwards of 15,000 additional employees in each of these career fields between 2008-2018.
Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging and evolving fields in the technology industry.
Urban planning is consistently one of the “hot jobs” in the USA.
Globalization is researched heavily by geographers to understanding the dynamic changing economic, cultural and enviornmental landscapes and spatial interactions at all scales.
Geographic Technologies in digital mapping (GIS), satellite remote sensing, and GPS in cell phones and cars, and online mapping at your fingertips are driven by geographers.
Enivornmental Change is an area geographers are leading in scholarship and atmospheric science.
See below to examine the multiple trajectories you might consider with a major in geography!
Explore the links below to review sample job titles associated with specific subfields within geography.
Knowing and applying geographic information about political systems and processes (e.g., governments, political activism, nongovernmental organizations, nations, states, international relations, nationalism)
Identifying, explaining, and finding meaning in spatial patterns and relationships (e.g., site conditions, how places are similar and different, the influence of a land feature on its neighbors, the nature of transitions between places, how places are linked at local, regional, and/or global scales)
Possessing and applying knowledge of how people, places, and regions are linked by global networks and processes (e.g., globalization, international trade, immigration, Internet technology, global climate system)