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- 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.
- Good news! Geography careers feature high salaries, low unemployment, high growth potential
In a new article, American Geographical Society President Jerome E. Dobson highlights recent reports from the U.S. Department of Labor, The Guardian, MSN.com, Money Magazine, and PayScale.com, all of which point to geography as a field with high salaries, rapid growth, and low unemployment.
- Spotlight profile: Philadelphia-based author and consultant James Chan
In a recent article appearing in UC Santa Barbara's Department News column, Dr. James Chan, owner of three degrees in geography and over 33 years' worth of experience in the business sector, shares his insights and incentives with geographers contemplating careers in business.
- Spotlight profile: Matthew Zook and Ate Poorthuis, University of Kentucky
In a recent study, University of Kentucky professor Matthew Zook and Ph.D. student Ate Poorthuis have mapped the geographical patterns of beer and wine preferences in America. Their maps, which were based on research conducted between June 2012 and May 2013, appear in a chapter of the new book The Geography of Beer.
- New study ranks best, worst terms to use in a resume
According to a recent national survey conducted in the U.S., word choice makes a significant difference when writing a resume. "Hiring managers prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments," says Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
- Ten things to know about online GIS/geospatial courses
In the geospatial technology arena, online education is growing in popularity every year: "Curious students are learning about topics old and new via free webinars and massive open online courses (MOOCs) as well as for-fee management seminars, college level courses, certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees," says Adena Schutzberg, Executive Editor of Directions Magazine.
- Spotlight profile: Dorothy Drummond, founding member of the Geography Educators Network of Indiana (GENI)
Dorothy Drummond was among the founders of GENI, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to increase geographic literacy and help K-12 teachers incorporate geography into other classroom subjects, such as English, math, and science.
- Spotlight profile: Geography innovators interviewed in GeoPivot magazine
In celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2013, our friends at GeoPivot magazine have posted video interviews with five innovative young professionals and students who are blazing their own paths in geography.
- Spotlight profile: Charles Gritzner, Distinguished Professor of Geography, South Dakota State University
Dr. Charles Gritzner received his doctorate in geography/anthropology from Louisiana State University and taught at the college level for over 50 years. In this interview for About.com, he reflects on his long and distinguished career and presents his case for why geography matters.
- Spotlight profile: Jonathan Meiburg, indie rockstar and biogeographer
Jonathan Meiburg is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter for the band Shearwater. He's also an avid ornithologist who holds a master's degree in biogeography from The University of Texas at Austin.