What Can I Do With a Major In Geography?
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- Professional Organization
- Alumni Career Examples
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.
- Association of American Geographers Career Resources
- HECUA internship program
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Idealist (Nonprofit positions in the US and internationally)
- Public Service Careers (Check out “Why Public Service?”)
- UMN Geological Society
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!