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Geography


A degree in Geography opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities...

Are you concerned about the health of our planet and environmental issues?
Geography is a relevant discipline in the study of climate change, depletion of natural resources and environmental sustainability. Geographers contribute to the scientific and political discussions about the causes, implications and solutions of environmental issues which threaten our planet. Careers for UofW Geography graduates in this area include:

- Conservationist
- Environmental consultant/ impact officer
- Urban planning for sustainable projects
- Environmental consultant
- Landscape architecture
- Pollution analyst
- Recycling management
- Forestry management

Does the physical environment of the planet and its formation interest you? Do you enjoy field work and the study of the landforms that shape our planet?
Physical geographers study how natural forces (wind, ice, water and tectonic activity) shape the world's landscapes, weather, oceans, and biosphere. These natural forces explain how and where we live on our turbulent planet. Careers for UofW Geography graduates in this area include:

- Soil conservationist
- Hydrologist
- Geologist
- Weather forecaster
- Hazard prediction & management
- Flood protection management
- Risk assessment

Do you enjoy working with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), maps and mapping software?
GPS, Satellite Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)–computerized methods for management, analysis and display of geographic information–are key technology tools for geographers. These spatial technologies offer career opportunities ranging from environmental science to mining, urban planning to marketing, and defense. Careers for UofW Geography graduates include: 

- GIS analyst
- Cartographer
- Surveyor
- Remote sensing analyst
- Software development programmer
- Forestry/environmental consultant

Are you interested in the global community and desire to make a difference?
Human geographers study the interactions of people and their cultures on a global scale. Natural disasters such as drought, floods and earthquakes have caused hardship and famine in parts of the world which lead to challenges of global peace and security, economic and social development, human rights and humanitarian issues. Careers for UofW Geography graduates in this area include:

- Government agencies
- Non-government organizations
- Armed forces
- Human rights
- Refugee and asylum adviser
- Economic adviser and analyst

Are you interested in the local community, how places change and who decides about the environment in which we live?
Cultural geographers study issues that affect local communities and how they develop and change. They study how social issues and the natural environment impact on cities, rural settlements and First Nations. Geographers assist in formulating policies that will improve the standard of living and quality of life. Careers for UofW Geography graduates in this area include:

- Urban planner
- Local government agencies
- Real estate agent
- Town planner
- Transportion planning
- Environmental consultant
- Construction or property lawyer
- Environmental consultant
- Conservationist

Work Study Program
Jobs in Geography are available through the University's Work Study Program. Interested students can check the website for criteria and eligibilty.

Jobs in Geography
Web site listing of geography-related jobs.