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Geographers are classified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a “Bright Outlook” occupation*. The U.S. Department of Labor projects “much faster than average” growth, in excess of 20 percent or more, in jobs for geographers, geoscientists, cartographers, urban and regional planners, and other geographic professionals, with projected needs of upwards of 15,000 additional employees in each of these career fields between 2008-2018. Geospatial technology is considered to be a high growth industry by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Because geospatial technology is so pervasive in modern industry, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent.

Geographers are well prepared to meet the rapidly evolving demands of today's industries given their big picture perspective, eye for detail, and ability to integrate and synthesize information at a variety of scales. They apply their unique knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a diverse range of industries. They hold positions as urban planners who assess the costs and benefits of proposed transit systems, as state climatologists assessing the impacts of rising sea levels, as consultants advising firms about moving into new markets, and as human rights advocates working with refugees. These are just a handful of the many types of careers available to geographers. Geography prepares individuals for work in the social, physical, and environmental sciences, as well as the arts and humanities.

For additional resources for teachers about careers in geography, please direct them to the AAG careers website at or directly to these helpful pieces:

For additional information regarding careers and career development in GIS, visit the Esri Education Community's Careers page. 

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Geographers on the Internet. For more information, please click here. 


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