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Are you interested in where you live, how places change and who decides about the environment we live in?

Geographers look at how and why the areas we live in develop and change. They understand interactions between regional, national and international influences.

Jobs can be found in both private and public sector, with employers ranging in size from small consulting companies or housing charities to huge construction companies or government departments.

There are openings in both urban and rural environments, contributing to projects from broad based to the specialised and from administrative support roles to managerial and strategic posts.

Besides evidence of an understanding of issues affecting settlement, employees should have communication skills, problem solving, computer and IT, good spatial awareness and graphical skills, report writing, synthesis and analysis.  

For careers in this field based outside Europe, see the section called Development and Global Issues.  

Some settlement jobs, which are popular with geographers are:

  • Planner
  • Housing manager
  • Surveyor
  • Urban regeneration officer
  • Local government services
  • Estate agent
  • Town planner
  • Transport officer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Construction or property lawyer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservation officer

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