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.

Internships, jobs, and 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 

Internship and career resources

Career Development Center

Stop by the CDC and browse online resources related to your career interests related to your career interests or meet with Career Advisors.There are also 400 print resources you can view and access through the CDC's online career library

  • 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.
  • Spotlight on Careers: An overview of environmental careers. Lists the best environmental job-search websites and non-profit sites.
  • Vault Online Career Library – connect through LyonNet
    Provides specific career summaries and guidance for internships, interviewing, resume- and cover-letter-writing. Occupational surveys from real employees in each industry are also available.

Helpful Advisors:

  • Career Advisors and Peer Career Assistants at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources. Contact the CDC for an appointment.
  • 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. Find alums through the Alumnae Association Member Directory.
  • Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.