Geographers

General Information

Description

Study the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit32.30%
  2. Federal government21.27%
  3. State and local government19.77%
  4. Private, not for profit14.69%
  5. Self-employed11.72%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of geographers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Governments and businesses rely on geographers to research topics such as natural hazards, the use of resources, and climate change. For example, geographers’ analyses on population distribution and land use are important for infrastructure planning and development used by both governments and businesses.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$58,330

State-by-state Salary

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$85,720
$50,330
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 43%
  • Master's degree 34%
  • Doctoral degree 21%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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