Careers in Geography

Careers in Geography

Careers in Geography

GES graduates serve in professional and managerial positions, and/or as information and technology experts for consulting firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. The MA program prepares students to enter PhD programs and to serve as, for example, geospatial analysts in the Military and Intelligence Communities. For more information on jobs in geography, see the Association of American Geographers website: along with the Bureau of Labor Statistics website:

Related career titles:

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • College/university faculty
  • Conservation manager
  • Consultant
  • Cultural resource specialist
  • Demographer
  • Ecologist
  • Economic developer
  • Environmental analyst
  • Foreign service officer
  • Geographer
  • Geographic information system (GIS) manager
  • Geomorphologist
  • Global positioning system (GPS) specialist
  • Historic preservation consultant
  • Hydrologist
  • Image analyst
  • Land use planner
  • Location analyst
  • Map librarian
  • Market researcher
  • Park ranger
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Surveyor
  • Terrain and land use planner
  • Urban planner
  • Water and natural resource planner

Career Profiles:

To read some personal profiles of geographers working in education, business, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, see


The median annual wage of geographers was $72,800 in May 2010 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Job Outlook:

Employment of geographers is expected to grow 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be fastest in the professional, scientific, and technical services industry. See