Geographers

Geographers study the distribution of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, and global scales. There are approximately 1,510 geographers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Study the distribution of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, and global scales
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Participating in an internship or co-op during college will be useful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager or College Professor
  • Geographer
  • Research or Teaching Assistant