Why Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences?


The study of geographic and atmospheric sciences can provide you with a variety of exciting careers. Discover what you can do with a major in:


Geographers can be found in a variety of industries, working as urban transit planners, cartographers, meterologists, climatologists and human rights advocates, to name a few.

Geographers are well prepared to meet the rapidly evolving demands of today's industries given their big picture perspective, eye for detail and ability to integrate and synthesize information at a variety of scales.


Meteorologists study and predict the weather and climate, which impacts lifestyle and the economy. Even more so today, the career opportunities go beyond the traditional forecasting and broadcasting to atmospheric research and teaching.

Meteorologists add value to the decision-making process in the public and private sector, including:

  • Government
  • Aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Services/Insurance
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Sporting/Entertainment venues

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of atmospheric scientists is projected to grow 9 percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The best job prospects for atmospheric scientists will be in private industry.

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