Roles and responsibilities
Geographers work in town planning, environmental and resource management, regional development, education and a range of other roles.
Geographic information systems (GIS) is a growing employment area with geographers often using remote sensing technology.
- observe and measure natural and social phenomena, collect data and compile maps on climate; vegetation; soils; land surface; populations; and social, economic, political and land use activities
- analyse and interpret statistical data, maps, charts and other geographic information
- interpret satellite imagery for assessing and mapping natural resources, land uses and human activities
- advise on issues such as industrial and commercial site locations, environmental management and placement of public facilities
- work with local and Indigenous populations to protect heritage sites
- act as consultants on urban and rural land use, regional economic development, resource planning and management, tourism, land degradation and erosion and environmental quality
- develop geographic information systems through information acquisition, coding, geographic database development management and applications
- analyse population data and forecast population trends
- develop, plan and execute regional and international development assistance projects
- analyse intelligence and provide advice to the military
- apply remote sensing, computer cartography and geographic information technologies