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Geography Career and Study Options

Today, geography majors can obtain a full range of social science, environmental management, and science or technical degrees that lead directly and indirectly to a variety of career options.

Study Options

Geography and the Environment at Douglas College offers many opportunities for furthering educational goals and career objectives. An Associate Degree in Geography, or one of the following Associate of Arts Degrees, provides 60 credits of university transfer courses.

Geography-related degrees you can complete at Douglas College

Today, Geography majors can complete degrees in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Earth Sciences, Urban Studies, Habitat Restoration, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Information Systems, Community Development, and Sustainability Planning at most universities.

Course Planning

Ask your geography instructors and lab techs for help with course planning. You can also check the Douglas College Course Scheduling Tool to see which courses are being offered in the upcoming semester. The matrix below is intended to help you plan ahead but is subject to change. Exact times and dates are to be determined. *Note: schedule subject to change without notice. See course scheduling tool for most up to date course offerings.

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

GEOG 1100

GEOG 1100

GEOG 1110

GEOG 1110

GEOG 1120

GEOG 1120

GEOG 1150

GEOG 1130

GEOG 1150

GEOG 1140

GEOG 1160

GEOG 1160

GEOG 1180 GEOG 1180

GEOG 2220

GEOG 2230

GEOG 2251

GEOG 2270

You can find a list of geography courses and information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates, and more, online in the Program and Course Catalogue

Careers in Geography

A Geography major ensures that students master communication and personal management skills, teamwork, information management, and problem solving, with a focus on understanding the complex interworking of human and/or physical environments and processes, spatial analysis and visualization, computer software and modeling, logical and effective report and essay writing, and analysis of land use and statistical data.

A Geography major offers a broad range of employment opportunities such as:

  • Teacher
  • Environmental consultant
  • Meteorologist
  • Geoscientist 
  • Community Planner
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Glaciologist
  • Urban & Regional Planner
  • Cartographer
  • GIS Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Biogeographer

  • Park Planner or Ranger
  • Environmental Impact Officer
  • Surveyor
  • Soil Scientist
  • Real Estate Developer 
  • Recreation Planner
  • Seismologist
  • Habitat Restortation
  • Demographer
  • Transportation Planner
  • Ecotourism Business Operator

The Associate of American Geographers (AAG) posts projected career salaries in Geographic fields on their website. For example, in 2014 water Resource Specialists earned, on average, $120,000 $USD annually; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technicians could expect to earn on average $80,000 USD/year; urban or regional planners earned on average over $65,000 USD; and a hydrologist could bring in $78,000 USD.

The Government of Canada Job Bank estimates the following earnings in British Columbia (based on full time employment)

  • Meteorologists can earn between $35 and $58/hour (about $73,000 and $121,000 CAD/year);
  • Environmental Consultants can earn between $23 and $46/hour (about $48,000 to $96,000 CAD annually);
  • Urban and Landuse Planners can receive between $28 and $47/hour (about $58,000 to $98,000 CAD annually);
  • Park Rangers or Conservation Officers can collect an hourly wage of up to $47 (about $98,000 CAD/year); and
  • Mapping Technologists or Technicians such as Cartographers or GIS specialists can earn between $20 and $38/hour (about $42,000 to $79,000 CAD/year).