The analytical and research skills gained from your geography degree are attractive to a range of employers
Jobs directly related to your degree:
- Commercial/residential surveyor
- Environmental consultant
- Geographical information systems officer
- Planning and development surveyor
- Secondary school teacher
- Town planner
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
- International aid/development worker
- Landscape architect
- Logistics and distribution manager
- Market researcher
- Nature conservation officer
- Political risk analyst
- Sustainability consultant
- Tourism officer
- Transport planner
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
The direction your career takes will depend on your interest in physical or human geography. Try to secure work experience in your chosen field to get an insight into the work available and to establish contacts. Fieldwork is a useful way of developing your practical skills and gaining hands-on experience, which is highly valued by employers. Some degree courses include a placement year, which is another great way to get an insight into working practicalities.
The skills you develop during your degree will equip you for a range of jobs. If you're unsure which career path to follow, try doing some work shadowing to find out what interests you.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
A geography degree enables you to embark on a career in a range of fields, including those in the education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and public sectors. You'll also have many transferable skills, attracting employers from the business, law and finance sectors.
- the armed forces
- the Civil Service
- environmental consultancies
- environmental protection agencies
- information systems organisations
- local government
- Ministry of Defence
- police service
- private companies
- utility companies.
Skills for your CV
By studying geography, you'll gain an insight into a range of practical, social, economic and environmental issues. In addition to core geographic skills, for example field work and the use of specialist equipment, preparing maps and diagrams and using social survey and interpretative methods, you'll also develop a range of key skills that are relevant to many jobs and sectors.
- skills in research and data collection, analysis and evaluation
- mathematical and computational skills
- IT skills, for example computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets
- written and oral communications skills, including report writing and data presentation
- the ability to understand abstract concepts and articulate these to a range of audiences
- planning and problem-solving skills
- creative thinking and the ability to recognise the moral and ethical issues involved in debates
- the ability to work independently and also in a team, taking on board ideas and coming to a consensus
- self-motivation and self-reliance
- time management and the ability to meet deadlines.
Some geographers opt to specialise in an area from their undergraduate degree by completing postgraduate study. Areas you could specialise in include geographical information systems, remote sensing, environmental conservation, environmental management, oceanography, coastal and marine management, meteorology or water resources.
Postgraduate courses in teaching, surveying, urban/rural planning or landscape architecture are also popular, as they qualify you to work in these career areas. Studying a business or management postgraduate course is another option.
What do geography students do?
Over half of geography graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduation.
The top jobs held by graduates employed in the UK include business associate professionals, marketing associate professionals and environment professionals.
|Working and studying||5.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Business, HR and financial||19.9|
|Retail, catering and bar work||16.2|
|Technicians and other professionals||13.2|
|Marketing, PR and sales||11.3|
For a detailed breakdown of what geography graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.