15 months after graduating
97% of our geography graduates are in work or further study
96% of geography graduates in highly skilled work said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
The Royal Geographical Society notes 'there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do'.
Studying Geography develops your analytical and communication skills and your ability to evaluate data, all strengths that are in demand in the graduate jobs market. Like other science graduates, you have a broad range of career paths open to you, though you may be particularly drawn to areas such as environmental planning, health, politics education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism, public sectors and international relations. Geography students tend to be open-minded and interested in the world around them, qualities which are attractive to employers and may be a particular advantage if you are working for an international organisation. You'll also have many transferable skills, attracting employers from the business, law and finance sectors.
You could also apply the broader skills developed during your degree to many other opportunities: it is estimated that although graduate employers often specify a minimum degree classification as part of their shortlisting, approximately 70% of graduate employers do not specify that you must have studied a particular subject to work for them. However, graduate employers do highly prize skills such as strategic planning, resilience under pressure, creative problem-solving and commercial awareness which are some of the key skills you can develop during your course. Therefore, you could use your degree to access work in a multitude of sectors or industries.
It is also worth noting that around one quarter of Geography graduates go onto postgraduate study.
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you as a Geography graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and the professional associations websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth Geography graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as steppingstones to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Broadcasting Graphics Operator - TV Broadcasting
- Salesforce Instructor And Consultant
- Earth Observation Scientist
- Environmental Consultant
- Sustainability Consultant
- Geography Teacher
- Humanities Teacher
- Planning Consultant
- Transport Planning Officer
- Community Infrastructure Levy Officer
- Transport Consultant
- Conservation Marketing
- Junior Meteorologist
- RAF Officer - Air Ops Controller
- Calibro Consultants Ltd
- Clifton Emery Design
- Enhance Land and Planning
- Fisher German LLP
- Hilson Moran
- Local Council
- Met Office
- Mid Somerset Consortium
- Northstar Consultancy Limited
- Secondary School
- Stimulus Consulting
- Stuart Michael Associates
- United Welsh
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 73 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.