Geography

Options with a degree in geography 

A degree in Geography equips you with a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable across a wide range of sectors. These skills, along with other factors of career choice – what you like doing (your interests), what’s important to you (your values) and your personality type – will help you make informed career decisions. Remember that your career may be based on the skills you’ve gained over the course of your degree studies, and may not necessarily look like a geographical career on first inspection, in terms of the knowledge you have gained.

Some of the main career options with a Geography degree are:

You can find out more about these on Prospects what can I do with a geography degree? as well as the wide variety of jobs where your skills and knowledge are applicable.

Useful resources to help with your careers research  

The icould website also has a full range of careers information interviews and case studies of over 52 different geography related roles.

To help you explore the wide range of career options open to you have a look at Prospects what can I do with my degree? and take the Prospects Career Planner Quiz.

Volunteering 

If you are interested in gaining some voluntary experience locally you may find the following websites helpful

Internships, work experience and graduate role searching 

Finding a graduate job

Environment & Sustainability

  • Acre – comprehensive range of jobs in the energy, environment and sustainability sector, mostly in the UK and Europe
  • ConservationJobs – for conservation careers in the UK and worldwide
  • CountrysideJobs – UK-based positions in countryside management and conservation
  • ENDS job search – jobs in environmental, ecology, conservation, wind energy and sustainability, mainly in the UK
  • EnvironmentJob – a range of environmentally related vacancies in the UK and abroad
  • Env.Careers – advice on building an environmental career as well as global job listings
  • GreenJobs – a listing of ‘green jobs’ in the UK ranging from environmental consultants to natural resource management, including specific sites for Renewable Energy JobsSolar JobsWater Jobs and Wind Jobs
  • Guardian Jobs – Environment – a selection of environmentally related positions in the UK
  • Lantra – land-based and environmental sector opportunities in the UK
  • environment jobs – a wide range of ‘green jobs’ in the UK and abroad

Geographical Techniques, Physical Systems and Settlement

  • Earthworks Jobs – mainly physical geography and geomorphology jobs across sectors, in the UK and abroad
  • Geography Jobs – a wide range of geography-related vacancies in UK ranging from GIS, transport, regeneration and town-planning
  • GIS Jobs – a variety of GIS jobs in different sectors, mostly in the UK
  • Planning Jobs – positions in town planning throughout the UK
  • Transport Planning Society – vacancies in transport including planning, modelling and management, mainly in the UK

Development , Global issues , Society & Business

  • Association of American Geographers – mostly academic positions in the USA, with some jobs based elsewhere and in other sectors
  • CharityJob – jobs in organisations across the third sector, mostly in UK-based charities
  • Civil Service – jobs at governmental organisations or departments such as the Department for International Development, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Discover Risk – information about careers in the risk and insurance industry, plus jobs, graduate and apprenticeship schemes based in the UK
  • InsuranceJobs – positions including risk and catastrophe modelling and analysis in the UK insurance industry
  • jobs.ac.uk – jobs in academic, science, research and administrative employment in the UK and abroad
  • Marketing Week – sales and marketing jobs in the UK
  • TES Connect – teaching positions in geography in the UK and abroad
  • United Nations – international positions at the UN, including internships and volunteering opportunities

General job searching sites for graduates – all disciplines 

The following websites may be helpful to search the wider job market, where your transferable geographical skills can be applied.

Graduate Schemes

Many leading UK employers across all industries run graduate training programmes, to discover the benefits of these schemes and how you apply the links below will help:

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