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Job Title – Geographer
A Geographer studies the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures as they relate to geography. They study the physical and human geographic characteristics of a region, ranging in scale from local to global.
Typical Job Activities
geographic data through field observations, maps, photographs, satellite
imagery, and censuses
Uses quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, in their research
Uses qualitative methods, such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups, in their research
Creates and modify maps, graphs, diagrams, or other visual representations of geographic data
Analyses the geographic distribution of physical and cultural characteristics and occurrences
Uses geographic information systems (GIS) to collect, analyse, and display geographic data
Writes reports and present research findings
Assists, advises, or leads others in using GIS and geographic data
Combines geographic data with data about a particular specialty, such as economics, the environment, health, or politics
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Senior Certificate with a matric Exception
subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Biology, Geography and Economics
For a degree course in Geography.
Entry to Work Place
Post-graduate study: A person who wants to become a practising geographer must undertake advanced postgraduate study.
What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?
along well with others
Be able to communicate clearly both in speech and in writing
Be flexible and adaptable
Be able to work independently
Enjoy working with ideas
Be creative and imaginative
Have an interest in the natural and social sciences and in the environment in general
Above average scholastic ability
A strong constitution
Good health and stamina
Ability to interpret and analyse data, solve problems and make decisions
Good visual ability
Good psycho-motor co-ordination for cartographic work
International Employment Opportunities
schools, colleges and universities
Government departments, provincial administrations and municipalities
Private industries such as travel agencies, manufacturing firms, property development corporations and communication firmsResearch institutions such as CSIR
SA Defence Force
Africa InstitutePrivate rural and urban planning firms
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Relevant Contact Details
Society of South African Geographers
Career Progress and Path
Further studies in the specific career
Experience in specific field Work performance
Do presentations, seminars, publish articles, etc.
Possible Career Paths
career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
Reasons to consider this career
I can be of service
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I’ll be able to learn new things on an ongoing basis