Powerful Geography
Geography in Jobs and Careers Pages

Geography in Jobs and Careers Pages

Geography in Jobs and Careers Pages

Geography is embedded within a variety of jobs and careers. On this page you can click through to find job and career pages that contain two resources: Powerful Geography Job Summaries and Powerful Geographic Knowledge Graphics.

We hope that you can refer to these during a geography, science, or social studies 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.

DISCLAIMER: 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.

Job Summaries: 

The Powerful Geography 'Job Summaries' show how geography is embedded in a vast array of jobs.

Each job summary includes a (1) brief overview, (2) how geography is embedded, (3) geographers at work, (4) recommended college courses, and (5) skills needed.

Powerful Geographic Knowledge:

Every discipline has powerful knowledge and skills that have the ability to help individuals reach their fullest capabilities.

Included on each job page is a Geography in Jobs graphic, that highlights the powerful geographic disciplinary knowledge and skill for that job.

As they standalone, the phrases may not mean anything, but putting it together within the context of the Jobs and then potential interviews shows the complete picture of how geographic knowledge is vital. Teachers can focus on these in the classroom to help relate to students' needs no matter what career path they chose.

Occupation groups are delineated by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook and are grouped within Career Paths. A complete list of Job and Career Pages available can be found in the link below or feel free to browse the categories.

Building Path

Jobs include landscape architects, environmental engineers, surveyors, cartographers, petroleum land workers.

Jobs include landscaper, grounds maintenance workers, pest control workers.

Jobs include public works inspector, solar placement technician, zoning inspector.

Jobs include automobile repair and mechanics, HVAC installers and mechanics, line installers and repairers, wind turbine technicians.

Jobs include power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers, water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators.

Jobs include air traffic controllers, pilot, flight attendant, delivery drivers, truck drivers, transportation planner.

Business Path

Jobs include event planners, human resource specialists, logistics manager, insurance investigators.

Jobs include GIS analysts, GIS project developers, computer and information research scientists, geomatics plan technicians.

Jobs include actuary, mathematician, statisticians, operations research analysts, statistical analyst.

Jobs include commodities shipper, research assistants, 911 dispatchers, postal service workers, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, financial clerks, secretaries and administrative assistants.

Jobs include sales representatives, real estate agents, travel agents, advertising sales agent, models.

Creative Path

Jobs include fashion designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, art directors, special effects artists and animators.

Jobs include movie and television producers, location managers, producers and directors, music directors and composers, dancers and choreographers.

Jobs include technical writer, journalist, photographers, editors, reporters, writers and authors, interpreters and translators.

Health Path

Jobs include emergency medical technicians (EMTs), occupational health and safety specialist, nurses, physicians, and doctors.

Helping Path

Jobs include community garden coordinators, community health workers, social and human service assistants.

Jobs include geography teacher, librarian, historic preservationist, special education teacher.

Jobs include bartenders, waiters and waitresses, chefs and head cooks, food preparation workers.

Jobs include lobbyists, diplomats, political consultants.

Jobs include arbitrators, mediators, conciliators, lawyers, judges, paralegals and legal assistants.

Jobs include combat engineer, geospatial engineer, military intelligence officer, human intelligence collector, aviation operations specialist, army medic, infantry officer.

Jobs include hair stylists, barbers, fitness instructors, cosmetologists, animal care workers, childcare workers, recreation workers.

Jobs include fire inspectors, firefighters, police officers, private investigators, security guards.

Jobs include ecotourism guides, fishing guides, planners.

Nature Path

Jobs include farmer, agricultural extension supervisor, forest conservation technicians.

Jobs include greenhouse gas reduction specialists, recycling and reclamation workers, environmental remediation, electric vehicles.

Jobs include climate change analyst, climatologists, environmental consultant, epidemiologist, ecologist, hydrologist, meteorologist, geologist, seismologist, oceanographer, urban and regional planner, watershed manager.

Scenarios that use Geography

Here are a variety of scenarios or situations where geographic knowledge would come in handy.