Careers in geography

Werner in the field
Arelia Werner is a hydrologist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. She started working there as a co-op student while completing her MSc in geography at UVic.

What can I do with a degree in geography?

Get the skills you need for a career seeking solutions to some of the most critical issues of our time.

Our graduates work in fields like resource management, environmental consulting, urban planning, international development, and geographic information systems.

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Some career options for geography majors

  • Cartographer
  • Education program coordinator
  • Emergency planner
  • Environmental assessment coordinator
  • First Nations governance
  • Forestry technician
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • GIS specialist
  • Land use planner
  • Marine conservationist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mining researcher
  • Parks policy analyst
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Sustainability or environmental consultant
  • Urban/regional planner

Additional education and training may be required

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Meet our alumni

Steven Myhill-Jones

Latitude Geographics

Steven's degree in geography and associated co-op experience served as the foundation for starting Latitude Geographics while still an undergraduate student. The company has evolved into a web mapping software company, employs 90 people and helps customers around the globe use geographic information to make better decisions about the world around us. Read more

Geography - BSc (1999)

Arelia Werner

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

Arelia is a hydrologist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, where she investigates the influence of climate change on streamflow for several major watersheds in BC. Her areas of expertise include hydrologic modelling, selecting global climate models, evaluating future projections and statistical downscaling. Read more

Geography - MSc (2006)

Mark Boysen

Chief Administrative Officer
District of Ucluelet

As CAO, Mark is responsible for managing the governance of the District of Ucluelet, ensuring the maintenance of infrastructure systems, and overseeing the finance, planning, and parks and recreation departments. He also looks to incorporate sustainability best practices across all aspects of municipal functions. Mark came to Ucluelet after 9 years working in local government in Southern Vancouver Island as the sustainability and climate action lead for the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich. Read more

Geography - BSc (1997)

Elizabeth Oliphant

Multidisciplinary Hydrographer
Canadian Hydrographic Service (DFO)

Elizabeth helps survey, process and display the data used to create navigation charts, tide tables and sailing directions. Her organization's mandate is to ensure the safety of Canadian navigable waterways through measuring and describing the physical features of the marine environment. Read more

Geography - BSc (2010)

Brian Gregg

SitePath Consulting Ltd.

At SitePath, Brian works with business owners, city officials, and landlords to achieve land use approvals for wireless and telecom providers in BC. Before founding SitePath, Brian was a TELUS Senior Real Estate & Government Affairs Manager and also worked in municipal development planning at the City of Burnaby. His degree in Urban Geography from UVic continues to inspire him as he navigates land management in Western Canada. Read more

Geography - BA (2007)

Lindsay Chase

Director of Development Services
Town of View Royal

Lindsay Chase is the Director of Development Services for the Town of View Royal. She manages and regulates land use through the review of development applications and the creation of long-term planning policy. Read more

Geography - BA (1997)

Kirsten Brown

Director, Planning & Programs
Emergency Management Unit, BC Ministry of Health, Government of British Columbia

Kirsten has worked in the field of emergency management for 10 years as both a volunteer and a professional. As an emergency manager, Kirsten works with a broad range of stakeholders to plan for, respond to and recover from emergencies. With 57 known hazards potentially impacting BC, ranging from floods, wildfires, landslides, extreme weather, earthquakes and tsunamis, the work is always engaging, collaborative and dynamic. Read more

Geography - BSc (2004)

Keith Holmes

Spatial Scientist
Hakai Beach Institute

Keith works at the Hakai Beach Institute in partnership with the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab at UVic. He works at the Hakai Research Station on Calvert Island with an enthusiastic crew of scientists and partners from other universities. His work involves a number of projects from sea otter monitoring, kelp forest mapping, bathymetry and oceanography models, and forest productivity mapping. Read more

Geography - BSc (2007), MSc (2013)

Ben Kerr

Foundry Spatial

After working for the provincial government for a number of years, Ben made the decision to start his own consulting company and Foundry Spatial was born. As CEO of Foundry Spatial, Ben is helping people make data-driven decisions about natural resources. Foundry Spatial compiles and maps information about natural resources like water and tree species, using technology to contribute to better environmental outcomes. Read more

Geography - BSc (2003)

Gwendal Castellan

Manager, Sustainable Destination Development
Destination Vancouver

Gwendal works towards social, environmental, and economic sustainability in the Vancouver tourism industry. His work includes community engagement and a partnership with Indigenous Tourism BC to build relationships and the capacity of Indigenous tourism in Vancouver and the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

He acts as the primary point of contact for Destination Vancouver members and stakeholders for all initiatives that relate to sustainability, from corporate volunteering opportunities to the promotion of goods made by social enterprises. Gwendal produced and filmed the documentary "Long Road North" about his 19-month-long bike trip halfway across the world. Read more

Geography - BSc (1999)

Elle Bardol

Spatial Analyst
British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development

Elle leads technical projects to support research planning activities by conceptualizing, designing, developing and executing advanced spatial analysis and presentation that integrates data from diverse sources. Read more

Geography - BSc (2010)

Heather Bauer

Climate Action Analyst
Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Province of British Columbia

Heather is involved in outreach and citizen engagement at the Climate Action Secretariat, an agency that works across government and with stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for climate change. Open government and citizen engagement is a fairly new approach to governance, which respects the need for citizens to be active in helping government make good decisions about providing services and ensuring sustainable prosperity. Read more

Geography - BSc (2009)