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Plan on Pursuing a Career that Impacts the Lives of Many

There is a growing need for those with degrees in geography and regional planning, both in the private and public sectors. Over the last 10 years, more than 90 percent of IUP geography, geoscience, environmental, and planning graduates have been employed in their field of study or accepted into graduate programs. The U.S. Department of Labor has classified the jobs in our fields as growing as fast to much faster than the U.S. job market as a whole for the next decade, and geospatial technology has been classified as a High Growth Industry by the U.S. Department of Labor.


With a BA in Geography, BSEd in Geography, or a BS in Regional Planning, you can pursue careers as:

  • Community/urban (city or county) planner (with regional, state, and federal agencies)
  • Geographic information systems specialist or analyst
  • Energy industry location analyst
  • Environmental analyst
  • Technical specialist for engineering/consulting firms
  • Land use planner
  • Energy industry environmental compliance/permitting specialist
  • Community development specialist
  • Cartographer
  • Remote sensing specialist
  • Watershed/water quality specialist
  • Transportation planner
  • Social science (geography, history, economics educator)
  • Facility manager
  • Writer/researcher

With a BSEd in Social Studies Education, Geography Track, you can:

  • Teach secondary school geography classes

Path to Higher Degrees

With a geography or regional planning degree from IUP, you can pursue many different higher degrees. The following are some of the more common ones:

  • MS in Geography
  • PhD in Geography