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Careers in Geography

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the geo-spatial technology sector is one of the high growth employment sectors, and it is predicted to keep growing over the next several years.

Geographers work in both the public and private sectors in a variety of careers:

Urban Planning / Land Use

Community Development
Historic Preservation / Redevelopment
Transportation Planning / Traffic Management
Environmental Analysis / Environmental Impact Specialist
Demographer / Demographic Projections
Land Use Analyst
Public Utilities Specialist
Urban / Regional Planner

Environment / Resources

Environmental  Scientist
Soil / Plant Specialist
Air / Water Quality Control Manager
Water Resources Specialist
Hazardous Waste Planner
Environmental Quality Specialist
Climate Change Analyst
Climatologist / Weather Forecasting
Atmospheric and Space Scientist
Coastal Zone Manager
Natural Resources Specialist
Forestry Technician
Park Ranger / Outdoor Guide
Wildlife Manager

Disaster Management
Hazards Analyst
Emergency Management Specialist
Travel Guide / Writer

Private Sector / Business & Retail

Developer – Housing, Industry, Real Estate
Site Researcher / Location Expert
Market Research Analyst
Health Services Planner
International Business Representative
International Investment Analyst

Applied Geo-Science / Mapping

Aerial Photo Interpreter
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst
Map Editor
Map Curator/Librarian
Intelligence Agent
Radar/Sonar Technician
Remote Sensing Analyst

Check out Jobs and Careers in Geography  and the Association of American Geographers Careers Database for more information about careers in Geography!