The social and economic wellbeing of nations and individuals depend on complex and interrelated interactions between people and natural and built environments. Nature provides goods and services that respond directly or indirectly to our needs and wants. Understanding complex interactions between people and their physical environments ensures that human health and wellbeing is ensured, and economies flourish sustainably while securing ecological integrity of our natural systems. Geography involves the study of these interactions in varied geographical spaces.
Due to its interdisciplinary nature, geographers engage with a range of professionals in different fields. They can spend a lot of time in an office environment, occasionally travelling for fieldwork to gather data for research.
An in-depth understanding of spatial relations and scale is required by geographers, and the ability to map geographic information using GIS and other spatial software. They will also benefit from:
Study physical landform features, climate and socio-economic factors
Construct, modify and interpret representations of geographic data
Advise government and other stakeholders on the assessment of geographic conditions and anomalies
Write reports and publish research findings
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography at all universities
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Geography at NWU, RU, SU, UMP, UWC and Wits
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.
Urban and town planning firms.