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What can I do with a degree in geography?

A minor in geography can be paired with any major at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. The discipline lends itself naturally to many pursuits:

  • education majors learning about world landscapes and cultures,
  • engineering majors coming up with solutions to natural hazards or transportation problems,
  • business majors trying understand where to locate the next store or how to segment the market based on demographic characteristics,
  • biology majors tracking animals in the wild or mapping the spread of invasive species, 
  • criminal justice majors interested in mapping areas of high crime, 
  • economic majors exploring the impacts of trade policies or production networks, 
  • political science majors analyzing gerrymandering practices or voting tendencies,
  • sociology majors examining segregation patterns,
  • anthropology or history majors seeking new ways to store or visualize data,
  • geology majors trying to map mineral deposits or glacial formations, and
  • environmental science majors studying wetland loss, deforestation, and water quality.

Advanced Training in Geography

After earning your minor in geography, and you are still interested in pursuing advance training, we will also be more than happy to discuss your options. There are plenty of occupations that require knowledge of and skills in geography.

For instance, geographers have a wide range of career opportunities in both public and private sectors. They find work in consulting firms, government agencies, urban and regional planning, location analysis, marketing, real estate, transportation and tourism industries, natural resource management, and teaching. 

Geographers are increasingly in demand to apply spatial techniques in fields ranging from health care to environmental protection. The geospatial technology sector has been growing at double digit rates for the past three decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cartographers and photogrametrists -graduates with training in geographic information systems, remote sensing, or cartography-have a projected growth of 29%, much faster than average than all occupations in the U.S. for the 2014-2024 period.