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What can I do with a geography degree?

What can I do with a geography degree?

Geography graduates tend to be fairly open-minded and interested in the world around them. Like many social science courses, geography tends to attract balanced, sociable individuals.

Geography isn’t an obviously vocational subject like law or medicine, which means it can be a little scary for geography students to decide what to do when they graduate.

This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.

Specific skills you will have gained include:

  • The ability to view problems from a number of angles.
  • The ability to write a professional standard document, as well as effective verbal communication.
  • The ability to work to deadlines gained from projects and fieldwork.
  • The independence gained from working abroad and producing a report in foreign conditions.
  • The ability to work in a group gained from fieldwork or project.
  • An analytical approach to people and their environment, which means that geographers should also have developed an objective aptitude for management.

There are a broad range of careers open to a geography graduate. You could do anything from working in the war room of a royal navy vessel, to working with the environment agency, running housing schemes, or working almost anywhere is the public sector.

With further qualifications or training, you could also teach geography, do urban design or town planning, or become a chartered surveyor. Other options include:

  • geological assistant
  • development analyst
  • country or rural planner
  • environmental consultant
  • cartographer
  • recycling manager
  • weather analyst
  • GIS analyst
  • park ranger
  • travel agent
  • soil conservationist
  • landscape architect
  • water/land manager
  • tourism

If none of these options appeal to you, there are plenty of other things you can do. All of these well-known graduates were once geography students:

  • Prince William
  • Michael Jordan
  • Nick Hodgson (drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs)
  • rowers James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent
  • wrestler Kurt Angle
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Theresa May
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