Are you looking for an interesting career? Geography may be the field for you, and the Geography Department at the University of Idaho is the place to find it. We have students in B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs from throughout the U.S. and many other countries. Our department is recognized for our long history as a leader in digital mapping, geographic information systems (over 30 years teaching GIS), regional planning and development, and local and global climate change. Our students get experience as interns in many settings and as research assistants on projects in the department.
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Our programs prepare students for a variety of careers where knowledge of earth sciences, world regions, economy, population, natural environments, and mapping and analysis are important. Our students learn analytical techniques in mapping, statistics, and field methods, along with the ability to integrate information to answer complex questions facing decision makers at all levels of public and private sector planning.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified geospatial technology as one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields, along with nanotechnology and biotechnology.
The job market continues to expand as geographic analysis technologies are discovered in new applications. Our graduates have the skills and substantive knowledge to fit these expanding opportunities and our reputation has continually improved as a source of capable graduates. Consequently, our network of alumni is large and growing and this benefits our current students in the form of internship and job prospects.
What Can I Study?
- Business Siting
- Climate Change Impacts
- Fuel and Fire Modeling
- Geographic Information Systems
- Landscape Genetics
- Natural Hazards Modeling
- Physical Geography
- Regional Development
- Remote Sensing
- Spatial Decision Support Systems
- Spatial Statistics
- Transportation Networking
Our graduates have a nearly 100% employment record. The median annual salary for geospatial information scientists and technologists was $80,000 in 2010.
What can I do with Geography?
Geography is unique in linking the social sciences and natural sciences together. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly among the most important emerging fields for understanding our complex world. They include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping such as Google Earth.