JSU Geography student at the computer

Geography as a scientific field is devoted to the study of the Earth’s landforms, oceans, river and ecosystems, and the interactions between human societies and their environments. Generally defined, geography is the study of the Earth’s physical features and environments including how they impact and are impacted by human activity. Geography includes the study of patterns of human population distribution, land use, and resource management using the latest family of spatial technology such as global positioning systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Spatial Analytics.

Potential Careers

Park Ranger or forester, Survey Tech, Geospatial Analyst, Travel Writer, Market Research, Librarian, Real Estate Appraiser, Transportation Manager (logistics), Geographic Information Systems Tech, Geopolitical Analyst, Landscape Design, Urban Planner, Tax Mapper, Emergency Management, Cartographer, Census Analyst, Environmental Consultant, Economic Consultant, Geographer.

Median Annual Salary

Entry level $40,000 approximate
Advanced  $50,000 - $60,000

*Median annual salaries are according to

Additional Facts

A high percentage of students who start the geography program complete the program. Most of the that graduate from our program either goes to graduate school or is employed in the the field in a geography related job.