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Why Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography & Environmental Science Careers


Geography prepares you for diverse career options, including such areas as teaching, urban or environmental planning, environmental management, GIS specialist, or even marketing. We think you might find something that intrigues you!

What is Geography?

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business. Physical geographers forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands and wetlands. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and/or remote sensing.

Geographers also study the linkages between human activity and natural systems. Geographers were, in fact, among the first scientists to sound the alarm that human-induced changes to the environment were beginning to threaten the balance of life itself. They are active in the study of global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, groundwater pollution and flooding.

Examples of Geography Careers

Cartography & GIS Environmental Studies

  • Cartographer/Computer Mapper
  • Environmental Manager
  • Geographic Information System Specialist
  • Forestry Technician
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Park Ranger
  • Surveyor
  • Hazardous Waste Planner
  • Emergency Management

Physical Geography & Earth Science Urban & Regional Planning

  • Weather Forecaster
  • Urban and Community Planner
  • Outdoor Guide Transportation Planner
  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • Health Services Planner
  • Soil Conservationist/Agricultural Extension Agent
  • Environmental Planner
  • Hydrologist

Economic Geography Geographic Education

  • Market Researcher
  • Elementary/Secondary Teacher
  • Traffic Manager (Shipper)/Route Delivery Manager
  • Overseas Teacher

Taken from the American Association of Geographers. For further information, visit this site!

Environmental Science Careers

The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at UC Denver is designed to provide students with the problem-solving methods needed to understand and resolve environmental problems. This includes training in engineering, natural/physical sciences, and in environmental law and regulations. The goals of the program are to enhance the interdisciplinary communication and analytical skills of the student, and provide opportunities for more intensive training within a particular subject area. Students receive instruction in the physical and biological dynamics of various ecosystems, environmental engineering, and environmental policy issues associated with environmental analysis.

Many of the students in the MS program are environmental professionals, employed full-time, who are interested in broadening the knowledge base obtained in their undergraduate programs. Job opportunities for graduates of this program may be found in government agencies (EPA, Colorado Department of Health and USGS, for example), industry, and environmental and engineering consulting firms.