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

Some of the positions that the alumni of this department have joined previously include:

Job Title Median Wages Projected Growth
Geospatial Information Scientists (GIS) and Technologists $88,500 7-10%
Geospatial Data Technicians $51,130 7-10%
Remote Sensing Technicians $50,550 7-10%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $71,360 7-10%
Urban and Regional Planners $74,350 11% or higher
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $65,470 11% or higher
Transportation Planner $83,330 4-6%

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 Earth Science Faculty. See where Geography and Earth 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 to Start expanding section

Make sure to visit the UWL Career Services website to find helpful information for your job search.

Skills Employers Look For in GEO Grads expanding section

What are the skills employers look for in a Geography graduate?

What Our Graduates are Doing expanding section

Geography Majors (GEO.BS and GEO.BA)

Year Title Company Location
1993 GIS Architect WI Department of Transportation Madison, Wis.
1996 IGI&S Manager VERSAR (serving the US Army 88th Regional Readiness Command)
2005 Integration Analyst/Developer Kalispell Regional Healthcare Kalispell, Mont.
2008 Assistant Professor, Human and Global Geography Rhode Island School of Design Providence, R.I.
2010 Hydrogeologist/Environmental Compliance Consultant REI Engineering, Inc. Wausau, Wis.
2010 Environmental Coordinator Bureau of Aeronautics - WI Department of Transportation Madison, Wis.
2010 Environmental Compliance Specialist The University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wis.
2011 ABD, Ph.D. in Geography University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
2011 Master's Program in Economic Development The Royal University of Phnom Penh Cambodia
2013 Fishing Guide Alaska Wildland Adventures Girdwood, Ala.
2014 Non-Point Source Pollution Project Manager Prairie Island Indian Community Island near Red Wing, Minn.
2014 Park Ranger Florida Department of Environmental Protection Tallahassee, Fla.
2016 LiDAR Data Processor Continental Mapping Consultants Sun Prairie, Wis.
2016 Master's Student - Public Health MPH University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Ill.
2016 Master's Student - Sustainable Management University of Wisconsin - online Madison, Wis.
2017 Senior Planner Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission La Crosse, Wis.
2017 Senior Account Manager East View Geospatial Minnetonka, Minn.
2017 Site Selection Specialist PharmaSeek Madison, Wis.
2017 County Conservationist Rusk County Land and Water Conservation Ladysmith, Wis.
2018 GIS Analyst Continental Mapping Consultants Sun Prairie, Wis.
2018 Master's Student - Environmental Conservation University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wis.
2018 Master's Student - Disability Studies The City University of New York (CUNY)  New York City, N.Y.

Geography Majors: Environmental Science Concentration (GEOENV.BS and GEOENV.BA)

Year Title Company Location
2006 Transportation Planner Minneapolis Public Works Twin Cities Area, Minn.
2008 Environmental Analyst Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Little Rock, Ark.
2010 Assistant Zoning Administrator Iron County Hurley, Wis.
2011 Environmental Management Masters Candidate Oklahoma State University Tulsa, Okla.
2011 Cartographic Technician Garmin International Olathe, Kan.
2011 President Personalized Consulting Services, LLC Sparta, Wis.
2011 GIS Specialist/CAD Technician Technical Design Services of Minnesota Duluth, Minn.
2012 Forestry Technician Stanislaus National Forest Southeast of Sonora, Calif.
2013 Industrial Hygiene Specialist The University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wis.
2013 Geospatial Technician Continental Mapping Consultants Sun Prairie, Wis.
2013 Civilian GIS Contractor Colorado State University (working at US Army Base Fort Wainwright) Fairbanks, Ala.
2013 Natural Resources Specialist (Regulatory) UW Army Corps of Engineers - Field Office La Crescent, Minn.
2013 Master's Student and Teaching Graduate Assistant University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan.
2013 Industrial Hygienist Environmental Management Consulting Lake Mills, Wis.
2015 GIS Technician Aggregate Division - Knife River Sauk Rapids, Minn.
2015 Partnership Coordinator Destination Madison Madison, Wis.
2015 Hydrographic Surveyor J.F. Brennan Co., Inc. La Crosse, Wis.
2016 Trails Intern Ice Age Trail Alliance Cross Plains, Wis.
2016 Weather Intern WXOS News 19 La Crosse, Wis.
2016 Apprentice Conservation Corps Two Harbors, Minn.
2017 Planning and Zoning Administrator Freeborn County Environmental Services Albert Lea, Minn.
2017 Community Resource Coordinator Pepin County Durand, Wis.
2017 Environmental Field Technician Kapur & Associates Milwaukee, Wis.
2017 Project Coordinator Franklin Energy Madison, Wis.
2018 Environmental Scientist OMNNI Associates Appleton, Wis.
2018 Environmental Field Technician Kapur & Associates Milwaukee, Wis.
2018 Continuing Education Student - Undeclared Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, Wis.
2018 Field Operator Mandli Communications, Inc. Fitchburg, Wis.
2019 Team Member Sustainable Food Group Madison, Wis.
2020 Geographic Information System Intern La Cross County La Crosse, Wis.
2020 Data Extraction Analyst Cyclomedia Technology Middleton, Wis.
2020 GIS Field Technician Mi-Tech Services, Inc. Fond du Lac, Wis.
2020 Surveying Technician Mead & Hunt Madison, Wis.
2020 Geospatial Analyst Continental Mapping Consultants Hartland, Wis.
2020 Sustainable Food Group Team Member IPM Institute of North America Madison, Wis.
2020 Bilingual Sexual Violence Advocate Haven From Domestic Violence La Crosse, Wis.
2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Hawai'i Green Growth Honolulu, Haw.
2020 Master's Student - Geography M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, Minn.

Geography Majors: Geographic Information Science Concentration (GEOGIS.BS and GEOGIS.BA)

Year Title Company Location
2007 Planner/Zoning Inspector Onalaska, Wis.
2007 Information Analyst Wachs Water Service Buffalo Grove, Ill.
2007 GIS Specialist (wind/solar energy) Geronimo Energy Twin Cities Area/National
2008 Intelligence Analyst RedZone Software/Disaster Intelligence

San Diego, Calif.

2008 Photolog Technician WI Department of Transportation

Madison, Wis.

2008 Community Planner 88th Regional Support Command

Fort McCoy, Wis.

2008 Senior Cartography Technician Garmin International

Olathe, Kan.

2008 GIS Specialist/Researcher Historical Information Gatherers

Hopkins, Minn.

2008 Project Lead/Geospatial Analyst Continental Mapping Consultants

Sun Prairie, Wis.

2008 Geospatial Analyst Harris Corporation GCS

Arnold, Miss.

2009 Watershed Field Technician Freeborn County Environmental Services

Albert Lea, Minn.

2009 Designer/CAD/GIS Drafter WE Energies

Appleton, Wis.

2011 Geographer/GIS Specialist U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

La Crosse, Wis.

2011 GIS Analyst GIS Consortium (30 counties), Municipal GIS Partners

Chicago area, Ill.

2011 Engineering Technician Power System Engineering

Madison, Wis.

2011 Account Manager American Digital Cartography

Appleton, Wis.

2013 Hydrographer J.F. Brennan, Inc.

La Crosse, Wis.

2013 GIS Analyst and Development Assistant ZillionInfo, Inc.

Columbia area, S.C.

2013 Civilian Engineering Technician Fort McCoy and Fort Sheridan Cemeteries

Fort McCoy, Wis.

2014 Help Desk Coordinator Dairyland Power Cooperative

La Crosse, Wis.

2014 Field System Operator Roadview, Inc.

Madison area, Wis.

2015 Land Records Coordinator/GIS Specialist Wood County Planning & Zoning

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

2015 GIS Technician City of Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wis.

2015 GIS Consultant Geodata

Oslo, Norway

2016 GIS/CAD Specialist SGM, Inc.

Glenwood Springs, Colo.

2016 Geospatial Analyst Continental Mapping Consultants

Sun Prairie, Wis.

2017 Cultural Resources Assistant Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Duluth, Minn.

2017 GIS Specialist Geronimo Energy

Minneapolis, Minn.

2017 Data Technician Roadview

Janesville, Wis.

2017 Network Specialist Network Engineering at TDS Telecommunications LLC


2017 GIS Analyst USAID-Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Washington, D.C.

2018 Graduate Research Assistant KEWE/ISRO National Park Project at Michigan Tech

Houghton, Mich.

2018 GIS Specialist Geronimo Energy

Minneapolis, Minn.

2018 Continuing Education Student - Undeclared Milwaukee Area Tech College

Milwaukee, Wis.

2019 Geographic Information Systems Analyst ManTech

Herndon, Virg.

2020 GIS Technician SSP Innovations, LLC

Onalaska, Wis.

2020 Geographic Information Systems Technician UDC Inc.

Beloit, Wis.

2020 Support Services Summer Intern Esri

Redands, Calif.

2020 Master's Student - Geography M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis.

2020 Continuing Education Student - Arts & Sciences Engineering Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryl.

*Year listed indicates when they graduated from UW-La Crosse. Graduates may have pursued additional education.

**Results are from a 10/15/2015 request to update their career information.

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