Geographers

Geographers study the distribution of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, and global scales. There are approximately 1,480 geographers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Animal Geographers, Cartographers, Climatologists, Computer Mappers, Cultural Geographers, Economic Geographers, Geographic Information System Specialists, Geomorphologists, Mathematical Geographers, Medical Geographers, Physical Geographers, Physiographers, Plant Geographers, Political Geographers, Regional Geographers, Regional Planners, Soil Geographers, Urban Geographers, Urban Planners
Duties Study the distribution of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, and global scales
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or College Professor
  • Geographer
  • Research or Teaching Assistant

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