Geography Jobs Overview Geography is the scientific study of the surface of the Earth, including atmosphere, climate, ...
Geography Jobs Overview
Geography is the scientific study of the surface of the Earth, including atmosphere, climate, landforms, oceans and people. It is a diverse discipline, embracing natural and social sciences – usually described as physical and human geography – and the range of jobs requiring geographical skills and knowledge is equally diverse. Jobs in geography occur in many sectors, including education, commerce, industry and tourism. Popular specialisations include cartographer jobs, geographic information systems (GIS), journalism, surveying and town planning.
Geography Jobs Education Requirements
A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some entry-level jobs in geography, although additional GIS training may be required, but most geography jobs require a master’s degree in a relevant discipline. For anyone hoping to teach geography in primary or secondary school, a degree and qualified teachers status (QTS) is an absolute requirement. In academia, research positions typically require a master’s degree, or doctorate, plus an appropriate period of pertinent work experience.
Geography Jobs Market
In the graduate jobs market, geography graduates have one of the highest rates of employment. According to the Guardian, quantitative social scientists – or, in other words, human geographers with data analysis skills – are in demand, while the shortage of geography teachers is increasing, according to Education Business.
Geography Jobs Salary Information
According to Prospects, a GIS officer can expect to earn between £18,000 and £22,000 per annum as a starting salary, rising to between £23,000 and £30,000 per annum after three to five years’ work experience. Senior, experienced GIS officers can earn up to £35,000 per annum or more. According to the National Careers Service, salaries for cartographers are similar to those associated with GIS officers jobs but, at a senior level, they can earn up to £45,000 or more per annum. According to the Department for Education, trainee geography teachers can earn up to £15,000 per annum, rising to up to £28,000 once qualified.