Geography

Potential Careers

A degree in Geography, which sometimes is used as a course of study leading to a BA or BSc degree, opens up a wide range of career options. No single employment sector or occupational area predominates, demonstrating the attractiveness of a Geography degree to a wide spectrum of employers, and its value across a variety of career options. In most cases graduates do not make direct use of their subject knowledge, but transferable skills like problem solving, analytical and numeracy skills acquired as a result of studying Geography are highly relevant.

Graduate destinations over the last three years for BSc Geography graduates include job titles such as Graduate Environmental Modeller, Retail Manager, Chartered Accountant, and Science Technician. Job titles recorded for recent BA graduates include Quality, Health and Safety Manager, Tax Advisor, Campaign Co-ordinator for a political party, Distribution Manager, Graduate Banking Trainee, Retail Manager, and Recruitment Consultant. Some graduates are working in non-graduate jobs six months after graduation, mainly in administrative and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience in preparation for their graduate career.

A higher than average proportion of Geography graduates undertake postgraduate study. Those who obtained the BA degree are most likely to register for Masters degrees and courses related to urban planning, development and regeneration, and environmental management are popular options. A number also progress to PGCE courses with the intention of becoming teachers. Masters degrees are also the most popular further study option for BSc graduates, and in this group there is a high incidence of courses linking to meteorology, climatology and climate change.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Geography - What University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

Geography

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as cartographer, teacher or environmental consultant. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with a geography degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

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