Careers for geography majors

Geography majors and minors have had internships and long-term employment in both the private and public sectors. Drawing on their understanding of human-environment relations, alums have jobs in fields as diverse as urban planning, social activism, and resource management. Below is a sampling of professions reported by geography alums, as well as some links to organizations where past students have found jobs. These lists are not exhaustive. Please come and talk with the Geography faculty about your interests for suggestions and guidance about employment and internship opportunities.

Meeting with advisors

Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school. 

Insider Tips

  • Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.

Companies where Geography majors could pursue internships or careers

Other resources

  • What can I do with a major in Geography (another comprehensive collection of resources)
  • Geography Network: Global network of users and providers of geographical information systems. Learn about the future of GIS technology.
  • Association of American Geographers: Offers a regional contacts page and information on job fairs, networking, and an AAG employment database.
  • Careers in Geography – UNC: The UNC geography careers website offers dozens of job titles, skills, and links to more geography websites.
  • The National Geographic Society: Publisher of the world famous magazine, the NGS provides research grants for people in various fields.
  • For the technologically inclined, see the Careers page of the Geographic Information Systems website.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: General information on salaries, career paths, requirements for jobs and industries, scholarships and academic programs.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.

Examples of Internships / careers

  • Community activist
  • Community Development analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Computer mapping and software specialist
  • Consultant
  • Demographer
  • Elementary/high school teacher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmental consultant/planner/manager/impact assessor
  • Federal/state/municipal government jobs
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist
  • International development researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Location expert/analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Non-governmental organization positions
  • Non-profit administration
  • Park manager
  • Planning and development officer
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Real estate researcher/analyst/broker/appraiser
  • Remote-sensing analyst
  • Researcher
  • Spatial data analyst
  • Transport planner
  • Travel consultant/planner
  • UN agency positions
  • Urban and community planner
  • Writer
  • Zoning inspector