Geography & Environmental Planning

What can I do with this discipline/major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for geography.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Anthropologists and Archeologists
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Economists
  • Geoscientists
  • High School Teachers
  • Political Scientists
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Sociologists
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians
  • Surveyors
  • Urban and Regional Planners
    • Emergency Management

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Additional resources

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, email , geography and environmental planning department internship coordinator.

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Geography and Environmental Planning Resume 1 (PDF) or the Sample Geography and Environmental Planning Resume 2 (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

interview Questions

Common industry related questions
  • Why did you choose to study geography? What do you like about it?
  • How would you gather background information on land-use applications?
  • Have you prepared maps, and if so, what techniques did you use to prepare them?
  • What are your experiences in working with GPA systems?
  • Describe your understanding of local government land-use planning practices.
  • What part of your coursework do you see as being most valuable/ useful to you in this position?
  • Describe to me a time where things didn’t go as planned. How did you handle the situation?

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.