Many students choose Geography because of the scope it provides for studying a wide range of current themes and issues, the important insights it offers for understanding our contemporary world, and the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice through fieldwork. However, what many students do not realise before coming to university is that a Geography degree also offers a broad range of employment opportunities, allowing graduates to pursue a flexible and varied career path.

At the start of their degree, most Geography students do not have firm career plans. In understanding and making sense of the world around them, students of both human and physical geography develop a range of key skills, including personal organisation and communication, problem identification and evaluation, data collection, analysis and presentation, report production and presentation (written and oral), team-work, and computer literacy.

Key Skills:

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

• Catchment Scientist (Welsh Water)
• Ecologist (Natural England)
• Geographical Data Processor (Western Power Distribution)
• Lead Specialist (Reuters)
• Surveyor (St Modwen)
• Researcher (BBC Natural History Unit)
• Management Development (Menzies Aviation)
• Data Analyst (PHS Group)
• Housing Officer (Cardiff County Council)
• Meteorologist (Channel 4)
• Journalist (US Weekly)
• Senior Advisor, Labour Party
• Professor, College of Fisheries and
Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
• Teacher, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
• Director of Research and Collaboration, Ruskin Mill Land Trust
• Specialist Environmental Analyst, Office for National Statistics

Geog career infographic

Bryn Kewley Geography Graduate

Geography at Swansea