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What is Geography? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Geosciences

What is Geography?

According to the Association of American Geographers, Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands.

Geography - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Aerial Photo Interpreter Geographic Information Systems Park Ranger
Agricultural Extension Agent Geophysics Assistant Peace Corps Volunteer
Air/Water Quality Control Manager Hazardous Waste Planner Property Manager
Cartographer Health Services Organization Manager Public Utilities Specialist
Cartography Compiler Health Services Planner Real Estate Agent/Broker/Appraiser
Climatologist Hydrologist Remote Sensing Analyst
Costal Zone Manager Industrial Developer Site Researcher
College/Unviersity Professor Industrial Planner Soil Conservationist
Community Developer Intelligence Agent Surveyor
Computer Mapper International Business Representative Systems Analyst
Computer Programmer International Investment Analyst Teacher
Demographer Land Developer Traffic Manager
Earth Scientist Land Economist Transportation Analyst
Ecologist Land-Use Analyst Transportation Manager
Editor Location Expert Travel Agent/Specialist
Environment Impact Analyst Map Analyst Urban/Regional Planner
Facilities Planner Map Curator/Librarian Weather Forecaster
Forestry Technician Map Editor Wildlife Manager
Geographer Market Research Analyst Writer/Author
Geographic Area Specialist Natural Resources Specialist Zoning Investigator
Geographic Attache Outdoor Guide  

Related Skills

Project Development Interpersonal Research/Analysis Communication
Plan Long-term Projects Interview Skills Gather, Organize & Examine Data Summarize Results
Develop Project Designs Understand Group Dynamics Conduct Field Studies Write Clearly
Write Grant Proposals Observe Human Interactions Apply Non-Invasive Methods Present/Defend Position
Evaluation Recognize Similarities Computer Modeling Communicate Points
Maintain Records Surveying & Sampling Utilize Statistical Applications Understand Societies
  Identify Value Systems Read/Construct Maps/Graphs  

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Earthworks Jobs


GIS Job Search

GIS Job Clearinghouse

Geography Jobs

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Earth & Physical Sciences

What Can I do with a Major in Geography? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Careers in Geography - Provides an overview of what type of field Geography is and the types of careers you can obtain from majoring in it.

Jobs and Careers

Professional Association Links

Association of American Geographers - Educate yourself on this association and what it can possibly offer you for your future in the Geography field

US Army Corps of Engineers

National Climatic Data Center

National Park Service


National Council for Geographic Educators

Miscellaneous Links

World Earthquake Locator

Geographic Information Systems

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