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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

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Geography
Organization Job Title
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
Hammerhead Construction & Roofing Owner
Hammond, Inc Cartographer
U.S. Geological Survey Cartographer
Hunterdon County Planning Board Planner
Jersey Shore Medical Center Staff Nurse-ICU
Law Office of Carmen R. Faia, P.C. Attorney (JD)
Louis Berger & Associates, Inc CAD Operator/Designer
United Water Florida CAD Operator/Designer
M & M Knopf Collections Manager
Masary Kovo Gymnazium Czechoslovakia Teacher of ESL
N.J. Community Water Watch Team Leader
National Imagery and Mapping Agency Imagery Analyst
New Castle Conservation District, GIS Specialist System Administrator
New Dorp High School Teacher
NJ Department of Education Program Specialist
NJ DEPE-DFWE Metro Enforcement Recycling Specialist
NJ Meadowlands Commission Chief Planner
NJDEP Principal Environmental Specialist
Payco Gen. American Credit Corp., Collector
Stone & Webster, Inc. Environmental Scientist
T & M Associates Principal Environmental Planner
U.S. Census Bureau Lead Geographic Assistant
U.S. EPA State Implementation Plan Section
UNICEF Assistant Program Officer
United States Army Corps of Engineers Geographer
Upper Raritan Watershed Assoc. Geographic Info Systems Specialist
University of South Carolina Program Manager
US Navy Ensign
Wright & Talisman, P.C. Paralegal

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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