In today's global marketplace, it's becoming more and more important to distinguish yourself from the crowd and maximize your marketability to potential employers. Geography allows you to follow your passion for studying and understanding the natural world and gain employable skills.

Jenna DeShaney, '18

Geography: Environmental Science

"I work at a national consulting firm as an Environmental Scientist. I apply many of the disciplines I've learned at UWL to my career, including field work techniques and GIS."

Taylor Prill, '20

Geography: Environmental Science

"UWL has provided me with the strong foundation in research, planning and knowledge needed to be where I am today."

Career Opportunities

There are hundreds of occupations that require knowledge of and skills in Geography and Environmental Science, and the diversity of career opportunities continues to grow. Below is a sampling of the types of positions available to graduates from our program. Click the linked Job Titles to learn more about the profession, including what they do, how to become one, pay, and job outlook.

Job Title Median Wages
Atmospheric Scientists, including Meteorologists $83,780a
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $71,890a
Climate Change Analyst $71,360b
Conservation Scientists and Foresters $63,750a
Environmental Restoration Planners $71,360b
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians $48,380a
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $76,480a
Geographer $88,900a
Geoscientists $87,480a
Geospatial Data Technician $51,130b
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists $88,500b
Hydrologists $85,990a
Remote Sensing Technician $50,550b
Soil and Plant Scientists $63,200b
Surveying and Mapping Technicians $47,180a
Surveyors $63,080a
Transportation Planner $83,330b
Urban and Regional Planners $79,540a

Sources:

a2022 Median Pay from the 2023 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

b2019 Median Pay from the 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

Additional information about careers in Geography, including wage and growth data, can be found at the American Association of Geographers' Jobs and Careers Page. You are also encouraged to discuss careers with Geography and Environmental Science Faculty. See where Geography and Environmental Science alumni are working by joining the department's LinkedIn group. Receive job announcements by joining the department's Google Group by contacting Anita Willis-Frels

 

Where Our Graduates are Employed

Graduates from our program have achieved a high rate of success finding meaningful employment in discipline-related fields. Click "Read more" below to expand the table and view a sampling of where our majors have worked.

 

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