Geography

Careers

Job/Career Titles

  • Business Development 
  • Cartographer
  • City/Regional Planner
  • Convention/Event Planner
  • Demographer
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Field Researcher
  • GIS Technician/Analyst
  • Historic Preservation
  • Land Developer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Land-Use Analyst
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physical Geographer*
  • Real Estate Development
  • Teacher/Professor*
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Travel/Tourism Planner
  • Urban Analyst
  • Waste Management
  • Water Resource Planner
  • Zoning Inspector

*Advanced education preferred

Employers

General Industry

  • Convention/Visitor Bureaus
  • Federal, State, and Local Government
  • Forestry, Mining, Engineering, Architectural, & Surveying Firms
  • Manufacturing & Retail Firms
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Scientific & Research Groups
  • Textbook & Map Publishing Companies
  • Travel Companies

Minnesota Employers

  • C.H. Robinson
  • City of Rochester
  • Cummins Power Generation
  • Dakota County
  • GeoComm
  • Graco
  • Land O’ Lakes
  • Lee & Jackson Land Surveying Company
  • Minnesota Conservation Corps
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • MN State Institutions
  • Sherburne County
  • State of MN
  • Xcel Energy

Salary and Outlook

Starting Salary Range:
$34,000-$56,000

*Subject to vary by career, company, location, and experience

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills and Traits

  • Analytical skills
  • Artistic
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Curiosity
  • Enjoy traveling
  • Good at seeing patterns
  • Good with numbers
  • Idea oriented
  • Investigative
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Systematic
  • Team work