Geographic training prepares you for many types of careers with a wide variety of employers in the private, public and academic sectors such as, climatology environmental impact assessment, resource conservation, urban and regional planning, housing and community development, retail site location, teacher. Here are some of the careers that recent Concordia graduates have:
- researcher with NAFTA Commission for Environmental Co-operation
- researcher at the Secretariat for the UN Convention on Biodiversity
- researcher for an engineering and consulting company
- national parks planner
- forest manager
- teacher (primary, secondary, college and university)
- city planner, regional planner
- geographic branch of Statistics Canada
- transportation planner
Two areas are growing rapidly at the moment, creating hundreds of new jobs: Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Studies. Maps are the basic tools geographers use to present information. Computers have revolutionized mapmaking and placed geography on the forefront of research. Many employers are looking for people trained in high-tech sub-fields such as computer assisted cartography, remote sensing and GIS. Environmental problems have become the concern of government officials and citizens alike. Because of catastrophes involving toxic waste, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and habitat, and soil erosion, great care is now being taken to monitor the delicate balance between nature and the human use of the earth. Every major project now requires an assessment of its social and environmental impact, creating a large demand for geographers able to integrate the work of specialists in both the social and natural sciences.
For additional career information on Human Environment see also this document prepared by Career and Planning Services (CAPS) or visit The American Association of Geographers' website.