Geographers work in town planning, environmental and resource management, regional development, education and a range of other roles.
Geographic information systems (GIS) is a growing employment area with geographers often using remote sensing technology.
- observe and measure natural and social phenomena, collect data and compile maps on climate; vegetation; soils; land surface; populations; and social, economic, political and land use activities
- analyse and interpret statistical data, maps, charts and other geographic information
- interpret satellite imagery for assessing and mapping natural resources, land uses and human activities
- advise on issues such as industrial and commercial site locations, environmental management and placement of public facilities
- work with local and Indigenous populations to protect heritage sites
- act as consultants on urban and rural land use, regional economic development, resource planning and management, tourism, land degradation and erosion and environmental quality
- develop geographic information systems through information acquisition, coding, geographic database development management and applications
- analyse population data and forecast population trends
- develop, plan and execute regional and international development assistance projects
- analyse intelligence and provide advice to the military
- apply remote sensing, computer cartography and geographic information technologies
Coursework courses to pursue this careerPostgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant postgraduate courses include: