The University of Maryland Geographical Sciences major graduates have been successful in many different fields post-graduation. Using information from the University of Maryland graduation survey, we have compiled information about GEOG majors, such as where they work or go to graduate school post-graduation. Check out the topics below to learn more about planning for your career! #GeoTerps
Review additional resources on the Feller Center's webpage.
Explore Career Paths
Start Exploring Career Titles
Use the sample job and internship titles (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, a career title dictionary
- O*NET Online, the nation's primary source of occupational information
- FOCUS2, explore career paths using self-assessment questionnaires
- Terrapins Connect, talk with professionals working in the field through UMD’s alumni network
- Federal positions by major, research career titles with the federal government related to your major
- Vault Guides, browse 100’s of industry guides to gain inside tips
Resources: Career Planning
Explore career path options with these resources:
- What Do Geographers Do
- Are you a Geographer?
- Career Planning, Wise Words from UMD GEOG Alumni
- Environmental Careers, provided by UMD Environmental Science and Policy Program
- Preparing for a Geography Career, career tips and events from American of Association Geography
- Federal opportunities: USAJobs, Application tips, Federal position options by major
Additional career fields to research and consider:
For students making career choices, this guide offers a wealth of helpful information and resources. Read about more career options on Vault's Industry Guides.
Skills Developed: GEOG Major
Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?
- Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
- Skills inventory - get started identifying your unique assets.
Geographical Sciences majors have skills in…
- Reading and interpreting maps, charts, and photos
- Applying remote sensing techniques
- Representing facts graphically
- Designing and constructing charts, maps, and models
- Analyzing data
- Problem solving
- Evaluating impacts
- Simplification of information
- Using advanced mathematics, computer science, and statistics
Add to your skills with LinkedIn Learning's skill based videos.
Internships are a great way to try out an interest, regardless if they are directly related to your major. Employers tend to favor job seekers who have had an internship in the field they are hiring for.
Sample internship titles/sites
- Cartograph Roads Project Intern, Charles County Government
- Database Manager, NASA
- Geospatial Intelligence Intern, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
- GIS Intern, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
- GIS Technician Intern, University of Maryland Facilities
- Intern, Humanitas Global
- Intern, Geospatial Data Center
- Project Management Intern, Clark Construction
- Senior Intern, Maryland State Geographical Information Committee
- Summer Intern-Environmental Education Intern, Howard County Nature Conservancy
Sample list of opportunities
- Gain Experience, BSOS Opportunities - browse links on out of the classroom experiences
- The Department of Geographical Sciences - internship, study abroad, and independent study related information on their website
- Careers4Terps - check out job and internship openings for off-campus positions for UMD students
- UMD National Scholarships Office - review a listing of opportunities for UMD
- Federal government internships - links to openings and application tips
- Start your search with these tips
Review departmental listserv or blog - list openings and advice for undergraduate students
Start your research on campus:
- Research Areas in GEOG
- Resources (Collaborations and Facilities) in GEOG
- Faculty in GEOG
- Undergraduate Research Symposium (Geographical Sciences)
- Research option on campus
- UMD Research Centers - potential RA positions
Featured options: START - located just off campus, offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams.
Start researching your career path of interest to identify if there are additional educational requirements. Sample job titles that require an advance degree:
Graduate programs listed by topic:
- Biogeochemistry, Ph.D. | Cornell University
- Business Administration, M.B.A. | University of Maryland
- Data Science, Graduate Certificate | Georgetown University
- Geography, M.A. | George Washington University
- Geography, Ph.D. | University of Maryland
- Geographical Information System, M.S. | University of Maryland
- Geospatial Information Sciences, M.P.S. | University of Maryland
- Human Paleobiology, M.S. | George Washington University
- Natural Resources, M.S. | Cornell University
- Nursing, M.S. | University of Maryland, Baltimore
- Public Policy, M.P.P. | University of Maryland
- Remote Sensing, Ph.D. | Brown University
Graduate School Resources:
ARIEL GOLIGHTLY '20 (GEOG). Internship: GIS Intern, Maryland-Capital Park and Planning Commission
Advice for students: "Even if you think you may have missed the deadline or it could be too late and the position may already be filled, apply anyway. I applied very late to this internship and assumed the position was already filled, but I still heard back from someone rather quickly and was fortunate enough to be chosen. Also, even if the internship isn’t your ideal choice or may include something you don’t like, still take advantage of the opportunity, especially if you have no other options. It can turn out to be an amazing experience."
After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.
- Career Events for BSOS students
- University Career Center Event Calendar
- Terrapins Connect, is an online platform that allows students’ virtual access to UMD alumni who have volunteered to share industry specific information and as well as conduct resume reviews, among other things.
- Use LinkedIn to Locate Alumni & Recruiters
- Intern for a Day Lite, matches students with professionals working in a field of interest to shadow for the day or offer informational interviews. Offered in the fall and spring.
Consider reviewing state and national associations related to criminal justice to access career path information and even attend association sponsored events to network with professionals in your field of interest. Start exploring areas below:
- American Geosciences Institute, nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists.
- American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), is a scientific association serving more than 7,000 professionals worldwide. Mission is to promote the ethical application of active and passive sensors, the disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and other supporting geospatial technologies; to advance the understanding of the geospatial and related sciences.
- Association of American Geographer, promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.
- Cartography and Geographic Information Society, offers resources and event information.
- National Society of Professional Surveyors, offers resources and membership is open to all professional surveyors and to persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping.
- UMD student groups, join on-campus groups to network with others with similar career interests.
- American Planning Association, includes information events, education, resources, and jobs in the field of urban planning.