A common question students ask is “What can I do with a degree in geography?” While it is easy to understand getting excited about maps, different cultures and environments, it is harder to see how geographic knowledge can lead to good jobs or meaningful careers. In recent years, people have discovered that large numbers of societal problems have geographic dimensions, and that education and training in geography provide essential skills and knowledge for real-world problem solving. As a result, geography has become a necessary element in hundreds of different jobs.
The 6th edition of Careers/Jobs in Geography: Business Cards of Department Graduates contains a collection of current business cards from graduates of the Department of Geography at Texas State University-San Marcos. This assortment of business cards demonstrates the wide array of employment opportunities that exist for graduates with education in the field of geography. Within this publication, business cards are divided into a number of different employment categories, including environmental geography, land use planning, geospatial technologies, geography education, business geography, real estate & construction, other jobs in geography, and interdisciplinary careers. These categories are not representative of all career and job pathways that exist for geography graduates, but they do reflect the dynamic array of employment opportunities that have been secured by graduates from Texas State’s Department of Geography.