Career Guidance

Students using remote sensing equipment at WMUThe Department of Geography surveys alumni regarding their successful career searches to inform current students of the variety of careers available for geography students.

Potential careers

Recent Western Michigan University graduates hold the following positions:

  • Aerial photo interpreter
  • Community development specialist
  • Earth scientist
  • Environmental research analyst
  • Facilities planner
  • Geographic information science analyst
  • Hazardous waste planner
  • Land developer
  • Map editor
  • Market research analyst
  • Park ranger
  • Site researcher
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation analyst
  • Urban planner
  • Zoning investigator

Where do Department of Geography alumni work?

  • Airlines
  • Construction firms
  • Environmental groups
  • Government agencies
  • Oil companies
  • Utility companies

Career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Major-specific career resources

Major skills to develop

  • Ability to write clearly
  • Computer modeling
  • Conducting field studies
  • Critical evaluation skills
  • Cross cultural communication skills
  • Developing project designs
  • Gathering and organizing data
  • Knowledge of geographic information science
  • Location and spatial analysis
  • Planning long-term projects
  • Presentation skills
  • Reading and constructing maps
  • Record maintenance
  • Surveying and sampling