Careers News: "Spotlight on Geographers"
- It's a good time to be a geographer! Median salaries, job growth continue at higher than average pace
Geographers work in a wide variety of industries in both physical and human geography related fields. According to a recent Geolounge article, job growth for geographers is expected to continue at a "much faster than average" pace over the next 10 years and the median wage for geographers is more than double the median wage for all workers.
- Spotlight profile: University of Texas, Austin geography professors Tim Beach and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach
Dr. Tim Beach and Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, professors from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, study the Maya civilization's impact on environmental change during the early anthropocene - a period when human activity began greatly affecting environmental conditions.
- In defense of a liberal education: Fareed Zakaria on the value of broad-based learning
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Fareed Zakaria explains why deemphasizing the humanities in favor of specific, technical skills might be putting America on a dangerously narrow path for the future. While STEM courses are crucial components of education, Zakaria argues that English, philosophy and other liberal arts are equally as vital.
- A bold new world: How the growth of geospatial competency-based assessment is changing the face of traditional learning
The world of geospatial credentials and certifications continues to grow in depth and breadth. A new article from Directions Magazine examines how the availability of new certifications is changing traditional GIS courses and curricula.
- Geography and your resume: Eight ways to sell yourself to employers
Drawing on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this article highlights the ways that geographers can best sell their skill-sets for a number of jobs across a wide range of disciplines.
- Spotlight profile: UCLA geographer Laurence C. Smith conducts research on Greenland's meltwater rivers
UCLA geographer and department chair Laurence C. Smith conducted a study of surface meltwater rivers in Greenland over six days in the summer of 2012. The study used satellite imagery, buoys with GPS technology, and a drone boat to map the network and determine flow rates.
- Where are women working? A geographic approach to gender and employment
The Upshot, a data driven online news site run by the New York Times, has recently published an article that shows the disparities between male and female employment in the United States. The article features an interactive map and uses data from the American Community Survey to compare the two demographics.
- Geography: Great career choice few college students have heard of
A recent article from Business Insider highlighted a few geography-related careers as relatively unknown, but "awesome" and "lucrative." Out of 16, two careers required geography degrees and/or experience with GIS software.
- Spotlight profile: Krzysztof Janowicz of UC Santa Barbara wins prestigious award
University of California Santa Barbara Geography assistant professor Krzysztof Janowicz has been named the winner of the 2014-2015 Plous Award. The award is given annually to an assistant professor by UCSB's College of Letters & Science "based on outstanding performance and promise as measured by creative action and contribution to the intellectual life of the college community."
- The geography of joblessness: New study suggests that job opportunities are often located in unaffordable areas
In a recent article in The Economist, the author highlights a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggesting that jobs are often located where poorer people cannot afford to live, and that the difficulty people have in getting to jobs makes unemployment unnecessarily high.