Thinking about a career in geography? The Association of American Geographers is glad to help you tap into important resources to explore and plan your career!
There are many different occupations that require knowledge of and skills in geography. Using information from the US Department of Labor, the AAG has compiled data on a broad list of occupations (over 90!) related to geography. Using this online careers database, you can explore the diversity of career opportunities available to geographers, as well as retrieve data on salaries, projected growth, demand for key skills, and much more to guide your career planning. For each occupation, you can retrieve a description with related job titles, salary and trends data, as well as links for further exploration (source: http://www.aag.org/cs/salarydata).
The various occupations in the database are grouped in categories based on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which is a “standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U.S.” (see NAICS FAQ).
Use the listing below to select one of the major NAICS sectors and view information about occupations for that sector. Enjoy the journey as you explore the wide array of career opportunities available to geographers!
- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
- Educational Services
- Finance and Insurance
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Management of Companies and Enterprises
- Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
- Other Services (except Public Administration)
- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
- Public Administration
- Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
- Transportation and Warehousing
- Wholesale Trade
“The AAG offers a variety of resources to answer questions, guide your career planning, and help you find a job. AAG members can access job announcements through the Jobs in Geography Center. Members and non-members alike are invited to explore our profiles of individual geographers; information about specific occupations, skills, and salary trends; and an assortment of other career advice and information” (source).