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Guide to AAG Careers and Professional Development Resources

What Geographers Do
Although many people have received academic training in geography, few of us have the job title of "geographer." This resource describes some of the major geographic subdisciplines and topical emphases and matches them to related job titles to help demonstrate the role of geography in today's workforce.

Where Geographers Work
Geographers pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Learn more about each of these employment sectors and the different career opportunities they offer for geographers.

Jobs in Geography Center
The AAG Jobs in Geography Center connects employers with thousands of highly engaged potential employees. Access to job listings is open to AAG members and non-members. Sign up for a free job seeker account to upload your resume, set up job alerts, and more.

Salary Data and Trends
Browse information about salaries, projected growth, demand for key skills, and job titles for more than 90 geography-related occupations. Each year, updated data are collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and analyzed to provide up-to-date snapshots of career prospects for geographers.

Career Preparation Tips
Tip sheets prepared by AAG staff and links to high-quality external resources that provide advice on key topics related to career readiness. These succinct and accessibly written overviews are ideal for use as assigned readings or handouts.

Careers & Professional Development Knowledge Community
The Careers and Professional Development Knowledge Community provides an open forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and resources related to employment for geographers in the academic, business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Panel and Workshop Notes
Missed the AAG's Annual Meeting? Had a scheduling conflict with a session of interest? Never fear! We've compiled key ideas and helpful advice from many of our recent careers-related activities and events.

Geography Departments in the Americas
Looking for an undergraduate or graduate program in geography? Check out our list of departments in the U.S., Canada, and selected countries in Latin America.

AAG Careers Publications

A bibliography of AAG-produced resources about careers and professional development, including books, journal articles, informational brochures, and archived items from the AAG Newsletter. Each entry includes a link to download or purchase the resource.

Careers Multimedia Resources
Videos and slideshows on a variety of topics related to careers, professional development, and geographers' contributions to enhancing society and the environment. Concise, accessible overviews ideal for classroom use

Profiles of Professional Geographers
Introductions to the work, educational preparation, and career paths of dozens of geographers spanning the academic, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. These profiles can be used as case studies for educational use or as a resource for learning about geography-related careers as well as the geographic and transferable skills sought by today's employers.

Ask a Geographer
Contact information for experts from various subfields who will answer your questions about geographic issues and topics. Many of our volunteers accept inquiries about careers, professional development, and educational preparation.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. DRL-0910041 ( Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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