Careers through Geography

Geographers’ careers

Geography graduates are qualified to understand the world as an integrated whole. They use a powerful mix of geographical and interdisciplinary skills to solve a range of problems. They can analyse and synthesise complex environmental, economic, social and political information to enable a geographical understanding of humans, environments and the dynamic relationships between them. Geography graduates are skilled in a range of research techniques, which can include fieldwork, survey design, statistical analysis, spatial data analysis (including Geographic Information Systems), and other forms of qualitative and quantitative analysis. They are proficient at retrieving, synthesising and communicating information, as well as managing data and drawing on different sources of knowledge. They think critically and creatively, and work effectively in teams and on their own initiative.

These skills and attributes can be mentioned in resume and make Geography graduates highly employable in a wide variety of fields across both government and non-government sectors. Their flexibility is demonstrated in a diversity of career paths. Fields of employment include, but are not limited to [1]:


This statement of Geographers’ careers was endorsed in November 2010 by the: Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Geography, Australian Geography Teachers’ Association, Geographical Society of New South Wales, Institute of Australian Geographers, Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, and Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.

[1]. In some fields additional qualifications or accreditation may be required (for example, academia, meteorology, urban planning, and surveying).