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Geographers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Analyze geographic distributions of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, or global scales.
    • Write and present reports of research findings.
    • Gather and compile geographic data from sources such as censuses, field observations, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.
    • Study the economic, political, and cultural characteristics of a specific region's population.
    • Teach geography.
    • Collect data on physical characteristics of specified areas, such as geological formations, climates, and vegetation, using surveying or meteorological equipment.
    • Locate and obtain existing geographic information databases.
    • Provide geographical information systems support to the private and public sectors.
    • Develop, operate, and maintain geographical information computer systems, including hardware, software, plotters, digitizers, printers, and video cameras.
    • Provide consulting services in fields such as resource development and management, business location and market area analysis, environmental hazards, regional cultural history, and urban social planning.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 85430/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 41.07/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Integrity
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Water samplers
    • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Laboratory box furnaces
    • Anemometers

    Technology

    • Map creation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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