Introduction to careers in geography and regional planining
Geography is unique in that it is positioned in both the natural and human sciences and it is, therefore, able to bridge and link the natural and human components of the environment.
Careers: There are three main career fields in geography: teaching, research and the application of geographical knowledge and skills in practice. Geographers can focus on environmental management, urban issues such as squatting, regional and rural development, or environmental issues, including pollution and the destruction of ecosystems through activities such as mining, agriculture and tourism.
Geographers in the private sector are generally employed by real estate, planning, architecture and engineering firms, banks, tourism organisations, environmental conservation bodies and industry. Government departments involved in forestry, water and land affairs, the environment, tourism and education also employ geography graduates. Parastatal organisations such as the SABS and the CSIR offer career opportunities in the various specialised fields related to the earth and environmental sciences. Many geographers are self employed. They are mainly involved in areas such as marketing, planning, development, tourism, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, environmental analysis and environmental auditing. Graduates can also pursue academic careers.
Due to the nature of geography, students mostly get jobs in NGO'S that deals with disaster management, and Research companies for policy making