A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Studying Geography could lead to the following careers/job roles: 

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • GIS Specialist
  • Soil conservationist
  • Town Planner
  • Geography Teacher 
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Further Reading/Support

To read more about careers in Geography check out the following websites:

Career opportunities after a geography degree | Geography and Environmental Science | University of Southampton

Royal Geographical Society – Why you should study geography (

What can I do with a geography degree? |

Jobs and careers in geography

Additional Advice:

  1. You will need an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, such as geography. Degrees with cartographic or GIS elements will give you a head start in applications so consider these in your optional modules.
  2. If you want to do a postgraduate study, a course in cartography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, digital mapping, GIS or surveying may also be helpful. This may increase your chances of getting employment, but are not always necessary.
  3. In applications, employers may ask for a portfolio of maps, which could be completed through your degree or through relevant work experience.

Entry to these fields tend to be fairly competitive. Therefore though pre-entry experience is not necessary, practical experience through work placements may place you at an advantage.