Geography is the integrative study of places, environmental processes and human
activities across the globe. Think about it -- everything happens somewhere!
The geography program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed
to analyze the variation in human activity that exists among places, regions and
countries. This knowledge allows geographers, for example, to explain why some
places are more or less developed than others, to suggest ways in which development
can be planned and to examine the relationship between the natural environment
and human activities.
Geography jobs are estimated to increase by 26% between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) Our graduates are qualified for careers in both the private and public sectors. In industry, geographers are hired
as geographic information system analysts, business location researchers, environmental
impact consultants, market analysts and cartographers. In government, geographers
can work as local urban planners, regional and state economic development specialists,
environmental and resource development analysts, land-use planners, international
development agency advisors, teachers and trainers, researchers, cartographers and geographic information system analysts. Some graduates may also use
their training to pursue careers as environmental or community activists in nonprofit
organizations. Finally, many geography students go on to graduate school to obtain
further training, most commonly in geography or planning, but also in fields
as diverse as law, information science and environmental studies.