Geographers utilize a variety of technologies to generate maps, store, analyze, and interpret map information.
- Geographic information systems
- Remote sensing
- Federal government agencies: Departments of Defense, Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Defense mapping, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Central Intelligence Agency
- State and regional government agencies: Departments of Transportation or Agriculture
- Private industry including telephone, utilities, construction, engineering, energy, environmental planning, and consulting firms
- Map publishers
- Mapping software companies
- Colleges and universities
Information & Strategies
- Take courses in surveying and measurements, photogrammetry, computer systems, database management, technical mathematics, drafting, statistics, optics, remote sensing, art, or graphics.
- Learn to be detail oriented.
- Gain experience reading maps and interpreting data sources including geological surveys and satellite images.
- Seek related experience, such as a part-time job or internship, to develop technical skills.
- Investigate federal, state, and local government job application process.