Geography

Geography is about the Earth – its features and phenomena, including humans and other inhabitants.

Studying in this area involves learning about a variety of natural environments and human interactions.

This includes economic, cultural, political and social aspects of how humans interact with each other and with the Earth.

Geography is also about particular places and regions.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Geographer
  • Natural resource management consultant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Social policy analyst
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Social studies teacher
  • Geography teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

150% of national
median earnings


Employment

66%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
24%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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