Division of Arts & Sciences

Careers in Geography

Description of the Field

Geography is…

Geography concerns itself with the study of human and/or physical phenomena as manifested throughout the world. This study includes not only the locational and distributional patterns of these phenomena, but also the forces involved that create these phenomena as well as the interactions and inter-relationships of these phenomena to one another. In short, Geography is the science of space and place.

Geographers do…

Geography is an interdisciplinary field that offers a wide-variety of career opportunities. People with a background in geography can work in such diverse areas as 1) education and research; 2) city, county, and regional planning; 3) real estate and urban development; 4) finance and marketing; 5) transportation and logistics; 6) environment protection and resource management; 7) emergency and disaster response; 8) medical and health services; 9) law enforcement; 10) information technologies and mapping software development; and many others.

Geographers use a multitude of techniques and tools in their work, many of them becoming increasingly vital to help solve problems and to understand the complexities of the world today. These include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Remote Sensing, statistical software, online mapping such as Google Earth, and others.

For more information about professional organizations in geography, check out the following sites:
http://www.aag.org 
http://www.gita.org 

Sample Careers in Geography (links to O*Net Online)

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Atmospheric and Space Scientists
Urban and Regional Planners
Geographers
Geophysical Data Technicians
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

Other Online Resources

For more information about job opportunities in geography, check out the following sites:
http://geography.about.com/od/careersingeography/a/jobsgeography.htm 
http://www.geographyjobs.com 
http://careers.geocomm.com 
http://www.earthworks-jobs.com

Also, check out the following sites to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS):
http://www.esri.com
http://www.erdas.com 

Geography at Columbus State

Coursework in Geography is offered by the Department of Social Science. Please visit their site for information about their pre-major programs, course offerings, and faculty.