What Can I Do with a Major in Geography and Sustainable Development?

Geography is a discipline that explores and addresses challenges of a dynamic planet, and its peoples, cultures, daily lives, and environments. Geographers analyze the intersection of human (social, economic, political) and environmental (atmospheric, ecologic, geologic) processes to understand the world’s interconnected diversity. Integrating diverse kinds of information, they use technical expertise to create and analyze geographic or "geospatial" data.

Sustainable Development applies these global perspectives and techniques to address key social and environmental challenges, ranging from social inequality, urban growth, politics, environmental and resource management, and economic development.

Geography and Sustainable Development majors*:

  • analyze the social and environmental process shaping patterns of development
  • integrate social and physical sciences to understand global changes and issues
  • use geospatial technology to gather, analyze, and display spatial data
  • develop in-depth understanding of places and regions
  • apply geographic knowledge to address sustainable development challenges

In a globalized world facing linked social and environmental challenges, our majors find their perspectives and skills in much demand. Many Miami graduates working in public service agencies or non-profit organizations, ranging from local municipalities to federal agencies (e.g. U.S. Geological Survey, Census Bureau, State Department) and international non-governmental organizations. Others used their skills in private-sector consulting, corporate strategic planning, or technology firms. A sampling of our graduates includes a guide at a national park in Oregon, a teacher with Teach for America in Tennessee, a transportation planner for a county in Ohio, an environmental scientist with a water management district in Florida, and students attending law school and graduate school in urban planning.

Career options for Geography and Sustainable Development graduates include**:

  • natural resource & land use manager
  • GIS analyst
  • international aid and development specialist
  • supply chain manager or transportation analyst
  • social entrepreneur
  • sustainability professional or conservation specialist
  • intelligence analyst
  • tourism professional

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Geography and Sustainable Development majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Geography and Sustainable Development majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.