What does a Geographer do?
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A geographer studies nature, land, and the earth. They also research the inhabitants and features of a region on a global or local level. They study and examine cultural or political structures and phenomena relating to geography and present their findings. They may also create graphs, diagrams, and maps with the use of geographical information software.
How to Become a Geographer
Many geographers need a master’s degree as well as extensive knowledge and experience. Some employers may consider a bachelor’s degree but would want experience in the similar field. Training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is very important and may require on-the-job training as well.
Job Description of a Geographer
A geographer uses the study of the earth’s surface and nature to collect information on the physical aspects of a region. This study could include plants, animals, climates, and land forms. This research may also include the implication of human activities in a certain area and examine economic activities, social characteristics, and even political organization.
Geographers use cartography principles, topography elevation, and map scales. They collect geographical data from a variety of sources such as aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and/or field observations. Additionally, they can offer consulting expertise for market area analysis, a regions cultural history, environmental hazard education, and they can also teach. Geologists are knowledgable about history, archeology, sociology, and anthropology and should be able to use a computer on-the-job.