New Book — Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment

Practicing Geography Whether you are just beginning as a major, taking classes toward a GIS certificate, working on an advanced degree, or considering a career change, geography can lead to exceptional career opportunities.

Practicing Geography is about making the most of these opportunities. Geographers are in demand in business, government, nonprofit and education sectors for the range of knowledge, abilities and skills they bring to their work. The book addresses how to explore, prepare, and advance in your career and how to deal with related challenges you will face in your work and life.


Preface: A World of Opportunity: Discovering and Managing Careers in Geography, Michael Solem, Kenneth Foote, and Janice Monk

SECTION I: Preparing for a Career in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations
Chapter 1: Part Strategy and Serendipity: A Candid Guide to Career Planning for Geographers, Alyson L. Greiner and Thomas A. Wikle
Chapter 2: Geography Education and Career Readiness, Joy K. Adams, Niem Tu Huynh, Joseph J. Kerski, and G. Brent Hall
Chapter 3: Switching Sectors: Transitioning into and among Business, Government, and Nonprofit Careers, Joy K. Adams
Chapter 4: The Value of An Internship Experience For Early Career Geographers, R. Denise Blanchard, Mark L. Carter, Robert B. Kent, Christopher A. Badurek
Chapter 5: Professional Networking, Tina Cary

SECTION II: Understanding Career Opportunities
Chapter 6: Geography Careers in State and Local Government, William M. Bass and Richard D. Quodomine
Chapter 7: Emerging and Expanding Career Opportunities in the Federal Government, Allison M. Williams, Molly E. Brown, Erin Moriarty, and John A. Wertman
Chapter 8: Geography Careers in Large Businesses and Corporations, Amy J. Blatt and Michael F. Ziolkowski
Chapter 9: Geography and the Nonprofit Sector, Lia D. Shimada and Jeremy Tasch
Chapter 10: Starting a Small Geography Business, Kelsey Brain
Chapter 11: Going Global: Practicing Geography Internationally, Carrie Mitchell and Mélanie Robertson
Chapter 12: Teaching Geography Inside and Outside the Classroom, Susan M. Heffron
Chapter 13: Geography Careers in Consulting, Susanne C. Moser and Angela J. Donelson

SECTION III: Achieving Career Satisfaction Now and Into the Future
Chapter 14: “Work” and “Life”: Crossing Boundaries of Time, Space, and Place, Janice Monk
Chapter 15: Practical Ethics for Professional Geographers, Francis Harvey
Chapter 16: Creating the Life You Want: Lifelong Professional Development for Geographers, Pauline E. Kneale and Larch Maxey

This book also introduces you to dozens of geographers applying their knowledge, skills and perspectives in communities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations both domestically and internationally. These profiles highlight the diversity of geography and geographers and show in practical terms the decisions real people make about their work and careers.

As a supplement to this book, additional profiles and career resources are available at

You can order your copy of Practicing Geography at

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