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Geography plays a big part in our daily lives. It dictates where we build our homes and how we protect them from natural disasters, helps us prevent the spread of disease and enables us to harness natural resources. From engineering, architecture and town planning to weather forecasting, renewable energy and even epidemiology, geography can lead to a huge range of fascinating and important career paths.
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What workplace skills does geography develop?

Data analysis: Geographers gather and analyse numerical or spatial data, crowd-sourced data and factual texts. Data analysis is sought-after in fields from business and marketing to science, research and medicine.

Research: Compiling and selectively using information from reliable sources is vital in areas such as market research, bid writing, content writing and even software engineering.

Teamwork: Teamwork is an essential skill to have, whether you’re part of a team of research scientists or are working on a specific project with your colleagues.

And one you might not have thought of...

Problem solving: The ability to break down complex problems and come up with creative solutions is essential for engineers, product designers and business developers.

What jobs can you get with geography? 

Climate scientist: Study geography up to A-level then choose a degree in geography, environmental science, meteorology or climate science

Cartographer: After completing a geography A-level, study geography, earth science or geomatics and geoinformatics at university, or choose an apprenticeship in geospatial mapping.

International development worker: Study geography to A-level before beginning a degree in geography, international development, social policy, sociology, human rights or a similar discipline.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a geography career include: environmental conservation officer, landscape gardener, surveyor, design engineer, built environment apprentice, geo-environmental engineer, apprentice traffic engineer, construction manager.

University

In 2017, 22.1% of geography graduates went on to work as business, HR and finance professionals, working in roles such as business analyst and real estate audit trainee. Graduates who studied the physical and geographical sciences mostly became professionals or technicians (18.1%) in roles such as research assistant and assistant land consultant.

What did geography do for them?

"Having an understanding of the water cycle is important when you’re working with it every day. Geography also gave me an appreciation for environmental conservation, which is in line with the company’s culture."
—Serena, apprentice assistant project manager at Severn Trent Water
"My geography background has given me solid foundations for this role with Forestry England. Studying areas like vegetation succession, soil processes and even population dynamics was invaluable."
—Jemma, graduate trainee at Forestry England. Read full interview here.
"The degree gave me the skills that I use every day, for example investigative research and report writing. Geography also gave me a basic understanding of the development and construction industry, which I’ve been able to build on in practice at work." 
—Harrison, graduate trainee at Redrow Holmes
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