Life After Sac State
Declared Georgraphy majors will receive information regarding interships and jobs, via email, as soon as it becomes available. We encourage you to declare your major, as soon as possible, to receive the most up to date information.
The Association of American Geographer’s (AAG) brochure titled Careers in Geography lists three primary job market sectors for geographers: education, government, and the private sector.
Education…needs K-12 teachers with solid geography backgrounds, since all states have recently introduced higher standards for geography instruction. At the college level, exciting new courses attract large numbers of students, and the demand for faculty with regional specialties or theoretical and research capabilities is strong.
All levels of government…hire geographers. They may work for local and state economic development or planning offices, conduct research in recreation and park use, or map land use from satellite images. Many geographers at the federal level work for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Department of State.
Private sector firms…need geographers who can develop and apply geographic ideas and technologies to complex real world systems. Geographers also conduct marketing studies, plan transportation routes, understand international markets, and determine environmental risks associated with site locations. From transportation agencies to electric utility companies, and from forestry to telecommunications, real-time mobile interactive geographic technologies and databases are emerging as the backbone of large-scale operations management systems for industries with distributed assets and mobile workforces.
For more information, talk with your major advisor and visit the AAG's webpage at www.aag.org and their career page.
Students who have graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Geography have found employment in a variety of careers.
The following is a partial list of companies and government agencies that have hired some of our recent graduates.
American Conservation Experience
American River College
Brown and Caldwell
California Air Resources Board
California Department of Conservation
California Department of Fair Employment & Housing
California Department of Fish & Game
California Department of Food & Agriculture
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
California Department of Pesticide Regulation
California Department of Resource Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle)
California Department of Technology
California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)
California Department of Water Resources
California Division of Boating & Waterways
California Energy Commission
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
California State Parks
California State University - Sacramento
City of Elk Grove
City of Folsom
City of Manteca
City of Rancho Cordova
City of Rocklin
City of Roseville
City of Sacramento
City of San Jose
City of Vacaville
City of West Sacramento
County of Del Norte
County of Nevada
County of Sacramento
County of San Mateo
County of Sonoma
County of Yolo
County of Yuba
Drake Haglan & Associates
Elk Grove Water District
EN2 Resources Inc.
Energy Absorption Systems Inc.
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Reserve Bank of San Fransisco
Frontline Energy Services
Global Earthquake Model
Institute of Ecohydrology Research
Institution of Transportation Engineers
Integrated Computer Solutions
Keller Williams Realty
Los Rios Community College District
Michael Baker International
Natural Lands Trust
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Pacific Crest Trail
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)
Placer County Water Agency
Pristine Sun LLC
Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
Sacramento Regional Fire
San Diego State University
San Joaquin Council of Governments
SCI Consulting Group
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Solano County Water Agency
Southgate Recreation & Park District
Stanislaus Council of Governments
State of California Franchise Tax Board
Stockton Unified School District
University of California - Davis
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Bureau of Land Management
US Bureau of Reclamation
US Department of Agriculture
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Forest Service
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Career and Resource Links
- Sac State Career Center-Explore career options and how to implement an effective strategy to attain your desired career.
- Sacramento Public Library has the tools you need on your job hunt.
Sacramento State Geography Department Job and Internship Archives
Association of American Geographer's Careers and Professional Development Resources flyer