Geography basics and links

Last updated: 10/16/2012

What is geography?

Geography is the study of place and space. Geographers ask where and why things are located on the surface of the earth.  They study how and why places differ from one another and why they change.  Geographers also study people’s interaction with the environment.

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography.  Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence, including population, culture, and economic activities.  Physical geographers study the environment, climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water. 

 

What type of careers exist?

There are many types of positions that geographers are well-trained  to fill, although there are not so many  job titles that specifically list the word, ‘geographer’. Career fields include the following, link here for further details:

       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist (City governments, county agencies, and businesses)

       Urban Planner/Community Development Planner

       Cartographer  

       Sustainability and Environmental Management

       Researcher/Writer 

       Non-Governmental Organization community development

       Climatologist

       Transportation management

       Tourism Geography/Travel Consultants  

       Educator

        Parks management 

Program at OC and your Education Plan

At Olympic we offer courses in physical and human geography, see http://faculty.olympic.edu/sdigby/Geography_courses.htm.   We have Education plans leading to studying geography at a 4-year college.  See the education plan templates that you can reach through ARM (Advising Relation Management) in OASIS

What geographers do! (Plus job opportunities)

 

 

News, events, and information:

 

Scale and map truths: 

 

Weather and Climate:

 

Basics of climate change and sources of information:  Follow the link!

 

News and Events:

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