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Geographers are concerned with interpreting the occurrence, distribution, and interrelationships of physical and cultural patterns. They may explore the connections between deaths from heart disease and a particular geographic region. Or, they may search for resources needed to feed the world's mushrooming population.

As a geographer, you have an arsenal of technical research tools at your fingertips including: satellites; computers; advanced mathematical, statistical and mapping techniques; census figures, and cultural and historical data.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Agricultural Geographer Marketing Analyst
Aerial Photograph Interpreter Meteorologist
Cartographer Naturalist
Cartographic Illustrator Park Ranger
Climatologist Political Analyst
Community Development Specialist Range Manager
Demographer Regional Planner
Economic Development Planner Regional Economist
Geographic Analyst Research Analyst
Geographic Engineer Research Geographer
Geographer Recreational Resource Planner
Industrial Development Specialist Resource Economist
Industrial Developer Site Researcher
Intelligence Analyst Soil Geographer
International Economist Teacher
Land Economist Tour Director
Land Use Planner Travel Agent
Map Analyst Transportation Planner
Map Curator Trade Analyst
Map Editor Urban Planner
Map Librarian  

Nature of the Work

Geographers typically work within four main fields: Business: Geographers help companies find favorable sites for their locations, analyze international markets, meet environmental standards, and develop corporate planning strategies.

Planning: Urban or regional planners help local officials make decisions on social, economic, and environmental problems.

Government: Geographers are involved in basic cartography, policy making, disaster preparedness projects, energy development among other tasks.

Education: About 40 percent of all geographers teach from the elementary to the university level.

Places of Employment

Aircraft Companies Graphic Design Firms
Airlines Local/State/Federal Government Agencies
Architectural Firms Planning Firms
Banks Publishers
Construction Companies Research Laboratories
Consulting Firms Schools/Universities
Engineering Firms Graphic Design Firms


Many positions in Geography may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

You should explore your options early and complete electives and internships that will help you get that first job.

You will need graduate training to become a professional geographer. If you are planning to teach and do research at a university, then you should pursue a Ph.D.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

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