Graduate Career Ready with Geography, GIS, & Sustainability
Put your Geography, GIS, and Sustainability Studies degree to work pursuing a career that interests and challenges you. Geography, GIS, and Sustainability Studies majors acquire higher-level communication and digital technology skills to present their work in a concise and accessible manner. Geography, GIS, and Sustainability Studies majors learn to research and contextualize information, producing sharp, insightful analyses and evidence-based conclusions.
Geography, GIS, and Sustainability Studies majors show sophisticated understanding of interacting systems: natural, economic, historical, aesthetic, socio-cultural, spatial, and political. Perhaps most important of all, Geography, GIS, and Sustainability Studies majors are educated beyond a narrow curriculum geared towards a specific job; instead, they acquire the ability to remain intellectually flexible and to transfer their skills across career opportunities and environments.
Explore the ways to use your Geography, GIS, & Sustainability education during a career conversation with the Center for Career Readiness.
Geography, GIS, & Sustainability at Work
UNC Geography, GIS, & Sustainability graduates pursue careers in companies and organizations around the country. Among our alumni, you will see many working in these industries:
- K-12 Education
- Higher Education
- Government Administration
- Environmental Services
UNC Alumni Careers
Using their Geography, GIS, and Sustainability degree, UNC alumni go on to successful careers in a variety of interesting and in-demand professions. Learn more about the popular professions these and other alumni are pursuing.
Alumni GIS professionals work in several unique and interesting positions, including working with natural resources, real estate, environmental and city planners, landscape designers, and operations analysts.
UNC alumni are prepared to serve in many roles related to sustainability and the environment, including positions in government and private industry, working with everything from creating and analyzing climate change policies to coordinating sustainability efforts for campuses, companies, and government agencies.
On Demand Resources and Support
Access recorded alumni career panels and LinkedIn tutorials to strengthen your network and professional connections to the UNC Bear Network.
Our alumni have been part of the following panels:
Sustainable Success: Emmy, a double-major in Environmental Business Studies and Business Management, was featured in the Summer 2020 publications of UNC Magazine. Check out the full article here.
Emmy Scott seems too vibrant to be running on five hours of sleep. Add up the hours devoted to her various roles, and you start to suspect that this Environmental Studies and Business Management major has somehow obtained a Time-Turner, Hermione Granger-style. She has three semesters left at UNC, and she’s already prepared herself to thrive in two industries, plus an additional field she explores in her free time. Her natural drive, hard work and big-hearted ambition account for most of her success. But Scott is a perfect example of why UNC is pursuing a mission of “Students First” — when UNC is at its best offering support and guidance, individual students are able to thrive.