Study the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

Key Competencies * Analytical Thinking * Attention to Detail * Dependability * Achievement/Effort * Integrity * Persistence * Initiative * Adaptability/Flexibility * Independence * Cooperation

Representative Tasks * Analyze geographic distributions of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, or global scales. * Create and modify maps, graphs, or diagrams, using geographical information software and related equipment, and principles of cartography, such as coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales. * Teach geography.


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Sample Job Titles Biogeographer, Earth Observations Chief Scientist (NASA), Economic Geographer, Environmental Affairs Corporate Director, Geographer, Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director), Geomorphologist, GIS Geographer (Geographic Information Systems Geographer), GIS Physical Scientist (Geographic Information Systems Physical Scientist), Glaciologist, Imagery Analyst, Natural Resources Specialist, Physical Geographer, Political Geographer, Research Coordinator, Scientist, Supervisory Geographer.