Because geography can relate to almost anything, those who study geography will find a wide range of opportunities open to them. Many Castleton geography majors and minors have become teachers or moved on to graduate programs in geography, meteorology, economics, history, political science, and ethnic studies. Geography can also lead to employment in the following fields:
At the federal and multinational levels, geographers are valued for their ability to collect, analyze, and convey spatial information. They can be found in law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, information gathering and mapping agencies including the CIA, the United Nations, Diplomatic Corps, Peace Corps, Department of the Interior, Parks Service, historic preservation, National Register, National Archives, United States Geologic Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and even NASA.
Depending on one’s concentration within the field, geographers possess skills necessary to work in town, city, and regional planning, town management, historic preservation, state parks, and in state agencies related to agriculture, tourism, education, and commerce.
Geographers may be found as formal and informal educators, environmental scientists, researchers, archivists, and mappers/information specialists in a variety of nonprofit settings, particularly ones dedicated to environmental protection, political causes, and educational support (including museums and research libraries).
Geography provides excellent preparation for law school, particularly in the areas of environmental and municipal law.
Geographers often work in both small businesses and large corporations in locational analysis, historic preservation and landscape interpretation, and other areas that require strong research, communications, and analytical skills.