AGTA Quiz winners 2012
1st – Botany Downs Secondary College – this team won a Harbour bridge climb
2nd – Otahuhu College
3rd – Glendowie College
New Zealand Universities
University of Auckland – School of Environment
University of Waikato – Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning
Massey University – Physical Geography
Victoria University – School of Geography, Environment and earth Sciences
University of Canterbury – Geography
University of Otago – Geography department
While a common question of those who are studying geography is, “What are you going to do with a degree in geography?,” there are actually many options and potential careers for geography majors. Geography is a major that teaches students a wide-range of useful skills for the marketplace. Employers value the wide-ranging computer, research, and analytical skills that geography students bring to work as employees. When job-hunting, it’s important to stress these skills you’ve gained during college.
While there aren’t many job titles that are “geographer,” there are many types of positions that fit well with a degree in geography.
Urban planner: Geography is a natural tie-in with urban or city planning. City planners work on zoning, land use, and new developments, from a gas station renovation to the development of whole new sections of urban area.
Cartographer: The news media, book publishers, atlas publishers, government agencies and others are looking for cartographers to help produce maps.
GIS Specialist: City governments, county agencies, and other government agencies and private groups are often in need of experienced GIS professionals. Coursework in GIS are especially important. Computer programming or engineering skills are very helpful in this arena.
Climatologist: Climate research is made difficult by the large scale, long time periods, and complex processes which govern climate. Climatologists might reconstruct past climates by examining records such as ice cores and tree rings or study the climate as related to human history and thus will focus only on the last few thousand years.
Transportation Management: Urban and city planning, there are opportunities in local government but regional transit authorities or shipping, logistics, and transportation companies look kindly to someone with transportation geography in their background and good computer and analytical skills.
Environmental Management: A plethora of environmental assessment, cleanup, and management companies exist throughout the world today. A geographer brings excellent skills for project management and the development of reports like environmental impact reports. It’s often a wide-open field with tremendous growth opportunities.
Teaching: Becoming a high school or university geography instructor requires additional education beyond your undergraduate degree but it would certainly be rewarding to instill your love of geography with future geographers. Becoming a geography professor will allow you to research the world of geography and add to the body of knowledge developed by geographers.
Emergency Management: Emergency management is an under-explored field for geographers. Geography majors make great emergency managers. They understand the interactions between humans and the environment, know about hazards and earth processes, and can understand maps. Add in a bit of political acumen and leadership skills and you have a great emergency manager.
Demographer: For the population geographer who loves demographic data, what can be more rewarding than becoming a demographer and working for central or local government to help develop population estimates and present data.
Marketing and Advertising: Along a similar vein of demography, marketing is a good career for those interested in taking demographic information and getting the word out to those who match the demographics you’re searching for. This is one of the more glamorous arenas a geographer can get involved in.
Information Scientist: Your research skills as a geographer apply particularly well to work as a librarian. If you want to help people navigate the world of information, this is a potential career for you.
Park Ranger: Are you a physical geographer who needs to be outside and couldn’t even consider working in an office? Perhaps a career as a park ranger is right up your alley?
Real estate appraiser: These people develop an opinion of value for a specific piece of property. The work involves research into appropriate market areas, the assemblage of pertinent data, and the use of various analytical techniques to provide an opinion that reflects all pertinent market evidence. This multidisciplinary field incorporates aspects from geography, economics, finance, environmental planning, and law. A solid foundation in geography is essential to a real estate appraiser’s success and typical appraisal tools include aerial photos, topographic maps, GIS, and GPS.
adapted from About.com Geography