Employers in the environmental field increasingly recognize the need for broadly trained environmental scientists who can bridge the gap between social science (geography, planning, land use), physical science (geology, hydrology, geomorphology), and aspects of natural systems. Geoenvironmental studies combines the background of geography and earth science to understand the earth's environmental systems.
Geoenvironmental studies is a growing area of employment. It is estimated during the next decade that over 600,000 new jobs will be created in environmental sciences in the United States. The improvement of air, land, and water resources is one of the crucial issues facing the US today. Government and business leaders are increasingly adding employees to help with the improvement of environmental quality, environmental impact assessment, and conservation programs.
Most geographers and earth scientists work in one of five basic career fields:
Within these fields, they are called upon for their expertise in such areas as selecting favorable locations for capital investments, developing effective strategies for corporate or governmental planning, environmental planning and land use analysis, geology and atmospheric studies, cartography, computer applications, geographic information systems, and educating all age groups about proper use of our environment.
Career opportunities are growing rapidly in fields such as:
- Environmental sciences
- Environmental planning
- Regional analysis
- Local and state governments
- Remote sensing
- Geographic information systems
- Environmental impact analysis
- Water resources
- Land use planning