What Can I Do With a Major in Geography?

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“What are you going to do with that degree?” is a question that most geography majors are familiar with. Many people assume that majoring in this subject will leave graduates completely unable to find a job outside of teaching. And though some geography majors do go on to be teachers, geography majors work in just about every industry imaginable.

Employers don’t hire degrees, they hire people. People all have their own interests, abilities, and passions that make them uniquely qualified for certain types of work. Students who choose to major in geography are often curious and analytical, which are traits that most employers find extremely valuable. For example, geography majors spend a lot of time learning about data collection and statistical analysis. These are skills that directly translate to many careers in finance, business, and marketing.

Only a minority of geography majors go on to work as geographers. Working as a geographer requires a minimum of a master’s degree in the subject, and most students who decide to attend graduate school choose to study a different subject entirely.

Some geography majors who do attend graduate school spend their time preparing to become a lawyer, or earning a more easily marketable degree like a Master’s of Business Administration. Others take jobs in unrelated fields like sales. It’s a testament to the value of a geography degree that graduates are able to find work in so many different types of occupations!

Below is a list of occupations that are highly related to the skills that geography majors develop in school:

Careers for Geography Majors

Occupation Median Salary Median Hourly Current jobs Outlook Required Education
Cartographer $54,510 $26.21 12,310 Good Bachelor’s degree
College Professor $62,050 $29.83 1,756,000 Good Graduate degree
Elementary School Teacher $51,660 $24.84 1,549,520 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Environmental Engineer $83,340 $40.07 54,290 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Forester $54,420 $26.16 11,500 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Geographer $72,800 $35.00 1,270 Good Master’s Degree
Geoscientist $82,500 $25.59 33,800 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Health Services Manager $84,270 $40.51 283,470 Good Bachelor’s degree
Hydrologist $75,690 $36.39 8,130 Normal Master’s Degree
Kindergarten Teacher $48,800 $23.46 179,520 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Librarian $54,500 $26.20 159,940 Normal Master’s Degree
Mapping Technician $49,600 $23.85 56,900 Good Bachelor’s degree
Market Research Analyst $60,660 $29.16 249,810 Good Bachelor’s degree
Real Estate Appraiser $48,500 $23.32 92,360 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Surveyor $64,820 $31.16 57,650 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Travel Agent $33,840 $16.27 105,300 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Urban Planner $67,090 $32.25 38,400 Normal Master’s degree