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What is Geography?

According to the Association of American Geographers, Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. 

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands 

CWU Department of Geography & Land Studies 

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Aerial Photo InterpreterSite ResearcherLand Economist
GeographerCartographerSystems Analyst
Map AnalystGeographic Information SystemsCoastal Zone Manager
Transportation AnalystMarket Research AnalystHealth Services Planner
Computer ProgrammerUrban/Regional PlannerPark Ranger
Industrial DeveloperEcologistWriter/Author
Public Utilities Specialistnternational Business RepInternational Investment Analyst
Facilities PlannerAgricultural Extension AgentSoil Conservationist
Land-Use AnalystGeographic Area SpecialistCartography Compiler
TeacherMap Curator/LibrarianGeophysics Assistant
Community DeveloperTransportation ManagerNatural Resources Spec
Health ServicesOrganization ManagerDemographer
Weather ForecasterPeace Corp VolunteerIndustrial Planner
EditorZoning InvestigatorReal Estate Agent/Broker/Appraiser
Remote Sensing AnalystLand DeveloperForestry Technician
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Geographic Attache'ClimatologistTraffic Manager
Map EditorHazardous Waste PlannerComputer Mapper
Travel Agent/SpecialistOutdoor GuideHydrologist
Earth ScientistWildlife ManagerProperty Manager
Intelligence AgentEnv. Impact AnalystEnvironmental Quality Specialist
College/University Professor  
Related Major Skills
Project DevelopmentPlan long-term projects
Develop project designsEvaluate ideas and presentation
Write grant proposalsEvaluation
Maintain recordsInterview skills
Understand group dynamicsObserve human interactions
Recognize similaritiesSurveying & sampling
Identify value systemsGather & organize data
Examine dataConduct field studies
Apply non-intrusive methodsComputer modeling
Utilize statistical applicationsRead/construct maps/graphs
Summarize resultsWrite clearly
Present/defend positionCommunicate across cultures
Understand societies 

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