Career Opportunities for Majors in Geography


Geography is a broad and exciting subject that allows students to learn a variety of critical and technical skills and ways to understand the spaces of our world. Geography majors at Rutgers approach spatial phenomena by specializing in one of three tracks: (1) Global Culture, Economics, and Society; (2) Environment; or (3) Geographical Techniques. Because it is such a diverse field representing multiple interests, a degree in Geography at Rutgers prepares undergraduates for work in many different directions depending on the ways students tailor their focus within the three tracks. Graduates of our program have continued on in careers with environmental agencies, government service, regional and city planning, international humanitarian aid, private sector business, and have pursued graduate degrees in Geography and related fields.

Geography is a subject that will deepen your knowledge about the spatial dimensions of life on Earth, through looking at the climate and the physical landscape, the human relationship to environmental concerns, as well as global social, political, and economic systems. While most graduates work in a related occupation and many obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

CAD Operator International Economist Research Scientist
Cartographer Landscape Architect Science Librarian
Economic Development Specialist Lawyer Seismologist
Geographer Market Research Analyst Soil Conservationist
Geographic Information Specialist Natural Resource Manager Soil Scientist
Geomorphologist Naturalist Surveyor
Geophysicist Petrologist Technical Support Representative
Government Agency Admin Photogrammetrist Technical Writer
Historian Political Analyst Urban Planner
Hydrogeologist Politicial Scientist Water Quaslity Specialist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Broadcast and print media firms Environmental Advocacy Groups Scientific Journals
Educational Institutions Environmental Companies Testing Labs
Energy organizations (Petroleum, Coal, Natural Gas) Minerals organizations Waste Management Companies
Engineering Firms Natural history museums
Government Agencies
Bureau of Reclamation NJ Geological Survey Soil Conservation Service
Forest Service National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Travel and Tourism Dept.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Office of Naval Research U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NJ Department of Transportation Peace Corps U.S. Geological Survey

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Geography

Organization Job Title
Triangle Manufacturing Company, Inc Production Planner
Firmenich Sales And Related Workers
Onpointe 3d Technologies Llc Geographic Information Systems Technician
UDC Surveying And Mapping Technicians

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Geography

9th Fighter Squadron Pilot
American Arbitration Association Special Projects Coordinator
Association of Science-Technology Centers Membership Coordinator
CAPO Group, Inc Director of Land Planning
Chester Co. Geographic Information Services Title unknown
Lucent Technologies Title unknown
PCA Audio Design Title unknown
City of Charlottesville, VA Economic Development Specialist
Construction Specialties Regional Sales Manager
Debug Computers General Manager
Dept. of Economics & Geography Associate Professor of Geography
Environmental Systems Research Institute Software QA Specialist
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Rutgers University PhD Geography
Rutgers University MS Geography
Rutgers University MS City/Community/Regional Planning

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