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Careers in Geography and Environmental Studies

Careers in Geography and Environmental Studies


Students graduating with degrees in Geography and/or Environmental Studies find a wealth of employment opportunities open to them. The major career paths and percentage of graduates with Bachelorís degrees who take them include:

Teacher
16%
Environmental manager
13%
GIS
10%
Cartographer
8%
Planner
6%

 

By economic sector, geographers were distributed accordingly:

Government
34%
Private sector
40%
Education
17%
Nonprofit, self-employed
9%

 

Some public agencies hiring geographers include those in the Federal government (60% of publicly-employed geographers):

National Imagery and Mapping Agency
National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration
Bureau of Land Management
Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
Soil and Water Conservation Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Commerce
Forest Service
National Parks Service
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Census Bureau
Economic Development Administration
Interstate Commerce Commission

At the state, county, and local levels (40% of publicly-employed), geographers work in:

urban planning
economic development
emergency management
health planning
housing & community affairs
parks and recreation
transportation authorities
waste and water management districts

Geographers often work in private business in sectors or as occupations such as:

utilities
site location consultants
marketing, retail chains
real estate firms
port and airport authorities
travel agencies, tourism
airlines or trucking firms
publishers of maps, atlases, textbooks, news and travel magazines

For more information about careers in Geography and Environmental Studies, check out the following webpages:

Association of American Geographers www.aag.org (This page has an extensive listing of careers, examples of working geographers, professional portfolios, contact list of geographers who can help provide information, and notes on the use of GIS. It also offers an employer directory.)
The American Geographical Society also runs a career website at http://geojobs.amergeog.org

See the State Departmentís brochure about careers in Geography:

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2005
/spring/art01.htm

See also:

MyFlorida.com (state jobs)
Geosearch.com (http://www.geosearch.com)
Usajobs.opm.gov (federal government jobs) Monster.com
GIS Jobs Clearinghouse www.gjc.org
EnvironmentalCareer.com

The FSU Career Center (UC A4100), 644-6431, offers help with resume writing, employment workshops, job search strategies, on-line listings, campus interviews, and more.

 

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