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Geographer Job Description

A geographer is a person who studies the physical features of the earth’s surface and how they influence climate and the distribution of plant, animal, and human populations. A geographer studies the physical features of the earth’s surface to understand and explain how they developed and why they developed where they developed.

A geographer should be curious, logical, methodical, adaptable, and good at map reading and problem-solving. They should understand how the processes that affect natural and cultural environments change over time, and vary in scale and from place to place.

What does a Geographer do?

Geographers may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Geographer work?

Places of work for geographers include:

Working Conditions

Geographers usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends during fieldworks. They work both indoors in offices and outdoors in fields. They may travel to attend seminars or to gather information for research, and be away from home a period of time.

What is Required to Become a Geographer?

To become a geographer, you will need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in geography or a related discipline.


A geographer may specialize to become any of the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Geographers need to have:


Alternative Careers

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