Open Access Course: Jobs, Careers, and Professional Development in Geography

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This open-access course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring and preparing for a career in geography. It introduces effective strategies for career planning and professional development in geography and examines all sectors, including business, government, nonprofit, and academic organizations. Additional topics include professional ethics, lifelong learning, work-life balance, and professional networking.

Students will identify career interests, research and investigate their discoveries, and prepare job materials and professional documents based on their findings as they navigate through the 14 modules (equivalent to a 3-credit hour course). The course accommodates a wide array of career objectives for all types of aspiring geographers.

Texas State University designed this course drawing on a variety of publications, resources, interviews, and data from the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The course is available at no cost to AAG members and their students.

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AAG Careers in Geography Brochure

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The AAG Careers in Geography brochure is geared toward recruiting both upper-level high school and undergraduate college students to geography courses, geography majors, and possible careers in geography.

To obtain copies of the Careers in Geography brochure, contact the AAG central office or mail or fax in the order form. Consider a career in geography, and find your place!



AAG “Careers in Geography” Brochure


This four-page, color brochure is geared toward recruiting upper-level high school and
undergraduate college students to geography courses, geography majors, and possible
careers in geography. It features lively graphics portraying young people engaged in the
exciting and socially meaningful activities of geography.

You may request one complimentary copy, which we will ship to you. Costs for additional brochures are as follows:

Quantity Ordered Price
10 copies $5.00
100 copies $45.00
1,000 copies $400.00
5,000 copies $1,500.00
10,000 copies $2,750.00

Prices above include standard domestic shipping costs.


Practicing Geography

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This book examines career opportunities for geographers and geospatial professionals in the business, government, nonprofit, and education sectors. A diverse group of academic and industry professionals shares insights on career planning, networking, transitioning between employment sectors, and balancing work and home life. The book illustrates the value of geographic expertise and technologies through engaging profiles and case studies of geographers at work.

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