Why major in Geography?
Geography is a subject for our times. It is multidisciplinary in a world that needs people who have the skills to work across the physical andsocial sciences. Geographers can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a place’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behavior is influenced by the space around them. This is not just intrinsically interesting and valuable, but encourages ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable, which is why, according to the latest information from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%.
What is Geography?
Geography is unique in bridging the social and natural sciences. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth. Specific geographic fields include:
Why major in Geography at UTSA?
A major in geography teaches you concepts, theories and methods that provide a unique set of skills applicable to a wide range of social and environmental issues. Geography students can choose from a variety of areas. The potential for practicing geography in the private and public sectors has grown considerably in recent years.
Because of the broad nature of Geography, majors develop a desirable skill set that is attractive to employers in a wide variety of fields:
What do geographers do? Get a job you enjoy and that means something!
The potential for practicing geography in the private and public sector has grown considerably in recent years. Most people who are attracted to geography are motivated by much larger aspirations than good salaries. The opportunity to make a difference in the world, in whatever expression that takes, is one of the most frequently cited reasons why current geography students, researchers, and practitioners explain their career choice. Given the breadth and depth of this rich discipline, this desire to make a difference by using the intellectual approaches and conceptual tools of the discipline may be, in fact, one of the clearest characteristics that geographers as a community have in common.
GIS: Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Developer
Logistics Analyst, Transportation Planner, Environmental Consultant
Spatial Thinking: Urban and Regional Planner, Surveyor, Geophysical Data Technician, Spatial Analysis Consultant, Environmental Specialist
Business/Economics: Real Estate Developer, Transportation Manager, Market Researcher, Business Development, Environmental Economist, Location Expert
Weather and Climate: Climate Change Analyst, Weatherization Installers and Technicians,
Atmospheric and Space Scientist, Climatologist
Natural Hazards: Emergency Management Specialist, Forest Fire Inspector, Environmental Consultant, Ecological Risk Assessor, Geotechnical Engineer, Hazards Analyst
Political Geography: Community Organizer, Policy Consultant/Researcher, Lobbyist
Biogeography: Soil and plant scientist, Natural Sciences Manager, Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist, Forester, Biological Science Technician
Cultural Geographer: Tour Guide and Expert; Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teacher; Interpreter and Translator; Historic Preservationist, Writer/Editor
Population Geography: Market Analyst, Real Estate, Regional Planner, Demographer
Human/Environment: Accredited Land Consultant, Manager of Sustainability, Environmental Specialist, Tour Guide, Park Ranger
Diversity Perspective: Human Resources Manager, Academic Advisor, Travel Guide, Market Researcher
Global Perspective: International Development Specialist, Logistics Manager, Foreign Services Officer
Remote Sensing: Remote Sensing Scientist and Technologist, Geointelligence Specialist, Sensor Specialist, Radar and Sonar Technician
Physical Geography: Soil and Plant Specialist, Water Resources Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Geophysicist, Surveyor, Soil Scientist, Water Quality Scientist, Environmental health Specialist
Trends in Geography
World map created by Abraham Ortelius in 1570.
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