WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A B.A. DEGREE IN GEOGRAPHY?
Plenty! You might become a TV weatherman or a cartographer for a travel guide publisher; get involved in transportation and urban and community planning or teach overseas; serve as a park ranger or an outdoor guide; or become an environmental specialist or a GIS analyst. The Association of American Geographers claims that most geographers work in business, government, or teaching. If you plan to continue with graduate school, Geography is an appropriate background for many professional programs and academic majors, such as Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Geology, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Law, Public Policy, International Studies, and Forestry.
The Association of American Geographers is the professional organization for geographers in the U.S. They have an excellent career guide website.
If you want to know what you might do with a degree in Geography, spend some time exploring these pages. Also, take a look at what some of our recent graduates are doing. You really can get a job in your field with a B.A. in Geography!
CAREER EXAMPLES FROM REAL STUDENTS
|Global Exchange, West Coast Independence
from Oil Campus Organizer
|Aide at a school for autistic children|
|Program Assistant at Town of Danville, CA|
|Worked as geographer for Tesco, a grocery firm.
She is currently developing her music career.
|Better Business Bureau|
|Rule Writer in Air Regulations Office of the
US EPA Region 9 in SF, CA
|GIS Technician at Apple|
|Environmental Educator, I Recycle @ School
Education Center, Stopwaste.org
|Research Analyst, Strategic Economics,
|Environmental Consultant with AEI Consultants|
|Creating and editing virtual reality
panoramas for Immersive Media
|Assistant Vice President of classic car
auction company (goodingco.com)
|Cartographer using GIS at
The Wilderness Society
|Creating GIS maps at GreenInfo Network,
SF, CA (http://greeninfo.org)
|Consultant in human capital, Mercer Consultant|
|GIS consultant, CH2M Hill|
|Medical school student in Germany|
|Pharmacy school student at the
University of the Pacific
|Plant biologist and wetlands delineation
at WRA, San Rafael, CA
|Lights Out San Francisco, A nonprofit working on
awareness of energy conservation and global warming
|Editiorial Assistant, OnEarth Magazine,
National Resources Defense Council, NYC, NY
|Environmental Planner, Christopher Joseph &
Associates, Petaluma, CA
|PhD student, Department of Geography, UC Davis|
|Research Analyst, Strategic Economics, an urban
planning research and consulting firm
|DTE Program student, UC Berkeley School of Education|
|Project management for International Transport Association,
|Graduate student in Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley|
|Sports4Kids Program (provides support for school site coordinators)|
|Geotechnical Laboratory Technician, Fugro West, Oakland, CA,
a geoscience consulting and marine survey firm
|Investment Banking Analyst, Mosaic Capital, Los Angeles, CA|
|Director of Admissions, International House, UC Berkeley|
|Environmental work for a mining and construction materials
supplier, Santa Cruz, CA
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS?
See program information for course requirements, honors program, and other details.
Where can I learn about upcoming opportunities, updates, and deadlines?
The Berkeley Geography Slack Channel is updated daily, sharing details for opportunities both on and off campus.
ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GEOGRAPHERS?
There are two scholarships awarded annually to Geography majors: the James J. Parsons Scholarship for Field Research in Geography and the David A. Rose Scholarship in Physical Geography. Geography majors who want to do original research for the Senior Honors Thesis are also good candidates for the Haas Scholars Program. To learn more, and to read about past recipients, see the Scholarships page.