I have completed my BA with geography as a subject with a first class. I need to know what careers I can pursue with geography as a subject.
Except teaching, there is no direct career option after a BA in Geography but if you can complete your Master degree/ Post Graduate Diploma in a specialized area, you will have good opportunities.
You can get a job as a Cartographer, Computer cartographer, Climatologist, Teacher, Economic geographer, Environmental analyst, GIS specialist, Urban planner, Regional Planner, Population scientist, Earth scientist, Meteorologist, Political geographer, Resource planning analyst, Location or site analyst, Remote sensing specialist, Naturalist in one of the following organizations.
• Various government, Semi-government and autonomous research institutions
• Various Universities, deemed Universities and colleges in teaching and research like Indian Institute of Science, IITs, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mumbai University and Anna University.
• In non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in population control and related sectors.
• In Government Ministries and Directorates.
• Environmental ministries and other government department and agencies
• Pollution control Boards
• NGOs working in the environment sector
• Environment management consultant firms
An Urban planner and regional planner find job in: -
• Urban development organizations
• Govt. departments and agencies,
• Research organizations
? Municipal corporations
? Urban development organizations
? Housing Development organizations
? Real Estate Development companies
The prospects of geographers lie in the uses of newer technologies like remote sensing, GIS, and others. Options in India are limited but you can try to go to USA after your MA or to UK after your BA for higher studies. Research options in USA and UK are very exciting.
Some examples of the research areas for example, are:
Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing (SULA)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Study of Earth from Space (SES)
Research on SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) polarimetry, SAR interferometry,
Sea ice, plants and soil mapping,
Aerodynamic roughness and the dynamics of sand dunes.
Atmospheric remote sensing of clouds, rain and turbulence using Doppler polarization radar and other remote sensing instrument. Radiometric Calibration and Development
Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) experiments.
Landscape modeling of vegetation, hydrology, and climatology.