I. JOB SUMMARY
Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Top Executives work as the heads of organizations of any size to ensure that their goals are being met through strategic planning and implementation of policies. Top Executives can range from “C-level” management (CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc.), mayors, city managers, school superintendents, university presidents, to owners of small businesses and start-ups. They typically oversee all moving parts of their organization from budgeting, contracts, creating and implementing policies and procedures to help their organization succeed and meet their goals and maintain mission statements.
For individuals in these roles, a background in business geography would benefit them immensely, especially those for those working for organizations who produce goods or provide services. A geographic background would allow them to analyze trends through a lens that shows where their products are most popular, or a location where a majority of their workforce is coming from and where to recruit, and apply a geographic lens to their research for future endeavors as simple as where they should build a new office.
Geographers at work: Business Geographers, Economic Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Introduction to Cultural Geography, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Management and Implementation of GIS, Economic Geography, Business Geography, Research Methods in Geography
Skills: Interpersonal Skills, Management, Communication, human geography, quantitative and qualitative methods
Occupation Group: Management
Learn more about Top Executives from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm
Written by Ally Schlandt
II. POWERFUL GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE