What Can I Do With a Major In Geography?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the geography major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and geography majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include critical thinking and evaluation skills, strong research skills and attention to detail, ability to gather, assess and interpret data, and an understanding of the composition of the earth and the processes that operate on it.                     

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

  • UMN Geological Society

Professional Organizations

Alumni Career Example

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, National Geographic Society
  • Community Development Intern, City of West Saint Paul
  • GIS Intern, State of Minnesota
  • Community Development Intern, City of Hugo
  • Housing Policy Research & Analysis Intern, City of Minnesota
  • Housing Policy Research & Analysis Intern, City of Minnesota
  • Transportation Planning Intern (Urban Scholars), Metropolitan Council
  • GIS Intern, Hennepin County Survey Department
  • Hennepin County Assessor's Office Intern, Hennepin County
  • Information Technology Intern, Hennepin County Resident & Real Estate Services
  • GIS Asset Management Intern, MNDOT
  • GIS Transit Oriented Development Intern, Metropolitan Council
  • GIS Planning & Economic Development Intern, City of Saint Paul
  • GIS Intern, Minnesota Department of Public Works
  • Rail Transportation Intern, Metro Transit
  • Sustainable Procurement Intern, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Urban Scholar, City of Minneapolis
  • Intern, Union Park District Council of St. Paul

Entry-Level

  • City Planner, City of Big Lake
  • Regulatory Assistant, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Hydrology Intern, Bureau of Land Management
  • Senior Research Analyst, GIS, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Project & Administrative Assistant, Environmental Initiative

Experienced

  • Presidential Management Fellow, US Department of Transportation
  • Policy Analyst, US Department of Transportation*
  • Transportation & Built Environment Director, Fresh Energy
  • Comprehensive Planner, Ventura Village, Inc.
  • Principal Planner, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Planner, Community Growth Institute
  • Community Development Director, City of Arden Hills
  • Vice President of Housing Development, Aeon
  • Senior City Planner, City of Minneapolis
  • Urban & Environmental Planner, URS Corporation
  • Senior Urban & Transportation Planner, AECOM
  • Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission

Graduate Programs

  • MURP, University of Minnesota
  • MA, Urban Planning & Design, UC Denver
  • MA Urban Planning, UCLA
  • MGIS, University of Minnesota
  • MS, Geospatial Intelligence Analytics
  • MS, Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
  • MS, Natural Resources Sciences & Management
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Events & Marketing Intern, Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Program Outreach Intern, Highland Friendship Club
  • SNAP Family Resource Intern, Second Harvest Heartland
  • Recruitment & Training Intern, Environment America
  • Intern, American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa
  • Research Assistant, Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership

Entry-Level

  • Program Director, Highland Friendship Club
  • Three Rivers Park District Crew Member, Conservation Corps
  • Agroforestry Extension Agent, Peace Corps
  • Research Assistant, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Experienced

  • Executive Director, Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
  • Sustainability Consultant, Self-Employed
Tech

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center
  • Research Intern, Center for Homicide Research

Entry-Level

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center
  • GIS Technician, CenterPoint Energy
  • IT Specialist, Hennepin County
  • GIS Quality Control Engineer, Navico, Inc.

Experienced

  • GIS Data Engineer, Google

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.