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Where can a Geography degree take you?

What do environmental scientists, urban planners, small-business entrepreneurs, climatologists, sustainability managers, park rangers, teachers and political analysts have in common? ‘Not much’, you might think at first glance. But look more closely: they are just a handful of the careers where geography can take you. Training in geography equips graduates to integrate and synthesize information from multiple bodies of knowledge (from the environmental sciences to the social sciences and even the humanities) at a variety of scales, geographers are uniquely prepared to meet the rapidly evolving demands of today’s industries, public  agencies, non-profit organizations. Geographers pride themselves on their ability to see the world from a ‘big picture’ perspective, understanding how people, places, and phenomena interact with each other across space and time.  The UT Department of Geography is happy to provide information and tools to assist prospective and current students  with understanding the full breadth of careers in geography and how to plan professionally for a successful career.  As a start, access the resources below, which have been kindly provided by the Association of American Geographers (www.aag.org).

  1. Why Major in Geography?
  2. Career Profiles in Geography
  3. Career Planning for Geographers
  4. Tips for Getting an Internship in Geography
  5. Are you Interested in Working Internationally?
  6. Professional Networking Tip Sheet

If you are interested in joining the Department of Geography, feel free to contact Dr. Ron Kalafsky, Director of Undergraduate Studies kalafsky@utk.edu.

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