Having a strong understanding of geographic knowledge is a powerful tool for navigating life in the 21st century. A simple examination of various jobs and careers exemplifies how geography is embedded – from emergency management to agriculture, from epidemiologists to urban planners. Geography is a part of every aspect of our lives. We use geography to get from point A to point B, when we logically decide which route to take home to avoid traffic, when we decide to recycle plastics and turn off the water when washing our hands.

This is all geography.

Nevertheless, this is not the geography taught in the K-12 curriculum or considered by the general public. Geography has lost its significance to other disciplines such as civics, anthropology, science, technology, engineering, and history. The discipline has failed to break through the K-12 curriculum as more than just memorization of physical features or human and environmental modifications, despite its in-depth ability to address cultural  connections, solve world problems using GIS technology with a geographical mindset, and create an active citizen in one’s community through geographic thinking.

Teachers: We hope that you use these resources to help build your Powerful Geography toolkit and expand your knowledge of geographic education to include all of which geography is capable of doing and providing.

Below is a list of Jobs and Careers that utilize GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. Click on a job below to meet an individual and learn more about how they use geography in their job.

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Featured Jobs and Careers in Geography

Overview of Different Jobs

Having a base knowledge of geographic understanding
and skills in the jobs below will better prepare you.

Click on a Job below to get a brief overview, learn about
the geographers at work, and the skills needed.

We hope that you can refer to these during the aligned World Geography
or AP Human Geography lesson to show your students how geography
is so important in our everyday lives and that they too can become
"geographers" no matter what their aspirations may be.

*Please note that having just a geography degree does not mean you are qualified
for these jobs and can get this job, as there are other degrees and skills required*

Title of Job PG Framework World Geography Unit AP Human Geo Unit
Climatologist Physical Geography, Environment and Society Climate and Weather N/A
Firefighter Human Geography, Places and Regions, Environment and Society Cities and Urban Development Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes (Unit 6)