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Geography Career Scope, Eligibility and Job Prospects

Duration: 3 years, Eligibility: 10+2, some colleges require a science/arts background, Job Profiles: Geographer, Rs 8,000/- to Rs 15,000/- monthly for a fresher in government departments and research institutes. Geography teacher, Rs 10,000/- to Rs 25,000/- a month. Regional Planner, Urban Planner, Cartographer and Travel Counsellor

Presidency College of Kolkata, established in 1949-50, is still known as the best college for Geography. This field has growing opportunities. For instance, there’s a growing need for geography specialist in today’s world.

Course overview: You will learn the art of Cartography, which relates to making maps, charts, globes and models. You will learn how to survey i.e., mapping the surface of the earth through mathematical observations. Alongside fieldwork, theory teaches you about varied aspects of the geography of the world. Remote sensing is also part of the curriculum, which entails studying phenomena like floods, draught and forest fires for example. Some of the branches you will study include Urban Geography, Regional Geography, Economic Geography, Political Geography, Physical Geography and Medical Geography.

Job opportunities: Your area of specialization will help decide your area of work. Geographers find employment as forest managers, working at agricultural/economic institutes, demographers in government and research organizations. Travel and tourism is another option as is travel journalism, provided you have a flair for writing. Geography as a subject is very scoring if you plan to appear for the UPSC or other competitive exam.