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Career Opportunities with a Major in Land Use and Applied Geology


Justin Smith is a GIS Analyst for Lansdale Borough in Pennsylvania. Smith graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in geography and thoroughly enjoys his field as it is constantly evolving.

 

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.

The land use major equips students with a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems that confront the community and environment. The major can be applied to such areas as planning, cartography, geographic information systems, air photo and satellite imagery interpretation, residential and industrial development, recreational land use, population analysis and environmental sciences.

 

Skills Related to Land Use

  • Ability to organize, analyze and interpret data

  • Sound decision-making abilities

  • Proficient in oral and written communications with ability to explain concepts to others

  • Knowledge of land use history, practices, and trends

  • Ability to understand and interpret maps, graphs, and charts

  • Problem solving skills

 

Potential Careers in Land Use

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Land Use major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Land Use majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

 

Cartographer Climatologist Demographic Specialist
Ecologist Environmental Scientist Forest Ranger
Geographer Geomorphologist GIS Specialist
Housing Developer Industrial Ecologist Intelligence Analyst
Land Use Potential Analyst Landscape Architect Map Curator
Military Scientist Mining Engineer Park Service Worker
Photointerpreter Population Analyst Remote Sensor Specialist
Resource Manager Satellite Imagery Specialist Site Location Analyst
Site Selection Expert Soil Conservationist Teacher
Terrain Analyst Transportation Planner Urban Planner
Hydrologist Hazardous Substance Engineer Safety Inspector/Compliance Officer

 

Employers in Land Use

  • Archives

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Government Agencies

  • Manufacturing Firms

  • Libraries

  • Environmental Protection Agencies

  • Oil Companies

  • Textbook Publishers

  • Planning Agencies

  • National/State Parks

  • Research Firms

  • Bureau of Land Management

  • Map Companies

  • Travel Agencies

  • Military Branches

 

Web Sites Related to Land Use

Professional Organizations in this Field

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.


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