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Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Professor, Geography Professor, Geography Instructor, Assistant Professor

What they do:
Teach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as urbanization, environmental systems, and cultural geography.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • Caliper Maptitude
  • Clark Labs CartaLinx
Analytical or scientific software
  • ESRI ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst
  • ITT Exelis Visual Information Solutions ENVI
Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$70,500
per year, on average
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