Geography Academic Info

Career Opportunities

No longer do geographers merely draw maps, memorize state capitals and record populations. They are actively involved in urban, regional and natural resource planning boards. They work internationally for governments, banks, investment houses and agencies. They serve on state and federal environmental protection agencies. More and more, geographers work in the private sector handling resource allocation and disposal problems. An article in the College-Bound Journal stated, "With their unparalleled knowledge combining both natural and social science research capabilities, (geographers) are in demand in business and in federal, regional, state, county and municipal governments."

Two of the attractions of a geography degree are its flexibility and its favorable job outlook. Geographers eclectic training enables them to handle a wide variety of problems. This is often an important selling point in job interviews, particularly in private business. Also, in those jobs designed especially for geographers, fewer students majoring in geography mean more job opportunities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is becoming a much-sought-after skill, applicable across most disciplines. It is increasingly expected as a new technology on the leading edge of the Information Revolution and, as such, greatly enhances employability prospects

College of DuPage and the Illinois Geographic Alliance have come together to offer a series of professional development workshops for K to 12 faculty. These workshops, which in the past have covered Geographic Information Systems and promoting the teaching of geography, generally award CPD units to attendees. To find out about future workshops, call the Geography Hotline at (630) 942-2800, ext. 55962


  • Geography, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:

Student Planning Worksheet 

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

G. Scott Campbell
BIC 1066B
(630) 942-2060

Joel Quam
BIC 1048C
(630) 942-3143

Keith Yearman
M 121D
(630) 942-2765

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Health and Sciences Division, HS 1220, (630) 942-2495.