What Can I Do with a Major in Geography?

Geography is a discipline that trains majors to ask questions and address problems about the world's peoples, cultures, daily lives, and environments. Geographers study a range of human (social, economic, political) and environmental (atmospheric, ecologic, geologic) processes that create geographic diversity, or the incredible differences and similarities among places on earth.

While maintaining a global vision, geographers are also practical. Geographers study such topics as race, gender, class and ethnic relations, urban growth, migration and immigration, tourism, environmental impact analyses, resource management and protection planning, international geopolitics, and economic development. They are especially trained to synthesize information from many different types of sources and to apply technical expertise toward the creation and analyses of geographic (spatial) data.

Geography majors*:
  • assess regional resource potentials
  • analyze underlying bases of international conflict and cooperation
  • understand patterns, processes, and problems
  • use geographic information systems and remote sensing

As global ties continue to increase and as geographic technology continues to develop, geographers find themselves much in demand. The majority of Miami graduates are working in international and domestic businesses or in government agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey, the Census Bureau, and the State Department. A sampling of our graduates includes a guide at a national park in Oregon, a teacher with Teach for America in Tennessee, a transportation planner for a county in Ohio, an environmental scientist with a water management district in Florida, and students attending law school and graduate school in urban planning.

Career options for Geography graduates include**:
  • environmental consultant
  • conservationist
  • regional salesperson
  • foreign service representative
  • transportation planner

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Geography majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Geography majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.