Careers in Geography & GIS

Geography majors build an impressive skill set as they move through the curriculum. They have the chance to learn technical competencies such as remote sensing and GIS, obtain a deeper understanding of our earth and the environment, and build skills in teamwork, communication, research methods, and so much more. Dr. Paul Sutton, in his professional development course for graduating seniors in Geography, suggests that students communicate their passion for the field in their internship or job applications; the technical and soft skills can be more deeply developed over time!

What’s more, Geography majors are often enthusiastic and knowledgeable about issues such as conservation, sustainable transit, and reducing our carbon footprint. As the AAG outlines, “Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences and the natural sciences.” Not many students have the opportunity to exercise such a broad range of skills!

Geographers work in a number of industries, including government, business, nonprofits, and education. Many of our students and alumni gravitate toward opportunities with organizations such as the USGS, Esri, DigitalGlobe, Denver Public Schools, and the National Forest Service.

Sample job titles of our graduates include:

  • Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Assistance Case Manager
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Developer/Consultant
  • ESRI Specialist
  • Planner/Spatial Analyst
  • Regional Environmental Manager
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Transportation Coordinator
  • Transportation Demand Management Program Administrator

Have more questions about possible career paths? Make an appointment with your Career Advisor by calling 303.871.2150 or online at Pioneer Careers.


By Kimberly English
Kimberly English Career Advisor