The Role of Geographic Education in Career Development and Worker Satisfaction among Geography Graduates




Ringer, Enid Lotstein

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


In an exploratory survey of performed at Hunter College, City University of New York, 13 (29%) of the Geography Department’s graduates (N = 50), reported “ending up” in their professions because of specialized experience related to the geography degree or other specific experience. Fifty-two percent reported that spatial analysis was the most useful skill they brought to their profession. Respondents reported that “Making a Difference” (21%), “Bringing Geography to Education ” (16%), “Spatial Data Management” (11%) and the “Usefulness of the Work to Community and Agencies” (11%) were the most satisfying work characteristics. All respondents who saw spatial data management as satisfying work also viewed themselves as having geographical careers. Sixty-nine percent of respondents reported being dissatisfied with the “work world” in general.



non-academic careers, geography education, spatial thinking, career satisfaction, applied geography, geographical skills


Ringer, E. L. (2001). The role of geographic education in career development and worker satisfaction among geography graduates. Research in Geographic Education, 3(1), pp. 160-170.


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