Geography is one of a handful of fields identified by the The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as a high-growth area.

Geography majors have many advantages in today’s competitive job market. In this age of Internet mapping, globalization, and increased environmental concern, college graduates who have skills in GIS, cartography, and spatial thinking are in high demand. Employers also value geography majors’ ability to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines and sources, as well as their awareness of global issues, sensitivity to cultural differences, and understanding of how complex issues affect environmental matters.

Geographers perform a wide variety of jobs in geographical areas, such as urban and regional planning, housing and community development, retail site location, environmental analysis, climatology, resource conservation, and cartography.

The geography major prepares students for a broad range of fields that expands with each passing year. Among the many positions geography majors might hold are these:

  • Airline operations manager
  • Atlas editor
  • Cartographer
  • Census analyst
  • College professor
  • Communication illustrator
  • Compliance officer
  • Computer mapping technician
  • Consumer surveyor
  • Defense analyst
  • Demographer
  • Development specialist
  • Economic development coordinator
  • Education planner
  • Emergency management analyst
  • Energy resource analyst
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental educator
  • GIS analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Map curator
  • Park ranger
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Transportation analyst
  • Urban/regional planner

About half of all professional geographers are employed by the federal government, and opportunities for geography majors abound in a variety of settings. Among the organizations that employ geography graduates:

  • Agricultural organizations
  • Architectural firms
  • Census Bureau
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Colleges and universities
  • Construction
  • Consulting firms
  • Defense Mapping Agency
  • Departments of State, Defense & Commerce
  • Elementary/secondary schools
  • Engineering firms
  • Federal government
  • Forestry
  • International trade organizations
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Mining
  • Planning agencies

The department’s faculty is active in advising and assisting students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in geography and related fields. On the strength of their academic achievement, Valpo students have earned teaching assistantships and research grants in geography from excellent graduate programs. Among them:
  • Western Michigan University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Iowa
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Denver Law School
  • Valparaiso University Law School
  • University of Texas
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