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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Geography



Geography is the study of the Earth as the home of humankind. It provides a broad place-centered perspective on the transformation of environments by society and nature at a variety of levels, from the local to the global. Areas of study include physical geography (hemispheric and regional snow cover dynamics; dynamics of the coastal zone and process-response modeling of beaches and dunes; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; groundwater and water supply; and landscape ecology), environmental geography (human responses to environmental hazards and disasters; global environmental change; risk perception; public health and risk communication; remote sensing and geographic information systems; development and underdevelopment; political economy and ecology of Africa; and institutional and cross-cultural aspects of environmental management), and research in urban, social, economic & political geography (social, political and economic restructuring in Europe; regional impacts of economic globalization in advanced and developing countries; contemporary urban development in advanced economies; revitalization and gentrification; housing, residential segregation and community control of land use; political and economic aspects of urban change and policy; trans-Atlantic transfer of material culture; gender; and history of geography).

Geography students are offered courses in which they learn specific technical skills in computerized information retrieval, spatial data analysis, cartographic representation, remote sensing, and geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry level positions. Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is an appropriate base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

CAD Operator International Economist Research Scientist
Cartographer Landscape Architect Science Librarian
Economic Development Specialist Lawyer Seismologist
Geographer Market Research Analyst Soil Conservationist
Geographic Information Specialist Natural Resource Manager Soil Scientist
Geomorphologist Naturalist Surveyor
Geophysicist Petrologist Technical Support Representative
Government Agency Admin Photogrammetrist Technical Writer
Historian Political Analyst Urban Planner
Hydrogeologist Politicial Scientist Water Quaslity Specialist

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Broadcast and print media firms Environmental Advocacy Groups Scientific Journals
Educational Institutions Environmental Companies Testing Labs
Energy organizations (Petroleum, Coal, Natural Gas) Minerals organizations Waste Management Companies
Engineering Firms Natural history museums .


Government Agencies
Bureau of Reclamation NJ Geological Survey Soil Conservation Service
Forest Service National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Travel and Tourism Dept.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Office of Naval Research U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NJ Department of Transportation Peace Corps U.S. Geological Survey

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Geography
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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Geography
9th Fighter Squadron Pilot

American Arbitration Association Special Projects Coordinator

Association of Science-Technology Centers Membership Coordinator

CAPO Group, Inc Director of Land Planning

Chester Co. Geographic Information Services Title unknown

Lucent Technologies Title unknown

PCA Audio Design Title unknown

City of Charlottesville, VA Economic Development Specialist

Construction Specialties Regional Sales Manager

Debug Computers General Manager

Dept. of Economics & Geography Associate Professor of Geography

Environmental Systems Research Institute Software QA Specialist

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Rutgers University PhD Geography

Rutgers University MS Geography

Rutgers University MS City/Community/Regional Planning

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