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Rassilon Inactive Member24 Apr 2008 10:48 a.m. PST

Hello, is there anyone here who was Geography and/or GIS major or is currently a Geographer / GIS specialist?

I am leaning towards a degree in this area (possibly linked to Anthropology / Archeology) and looking for advice, opinions etc…

Thank you very much,


jdpintex24 Apr 2008 11:56 a.m. PST

Geology for me, but GIS is the big thing these days for a lot of environmental projects that I'm involved with. Also, big in natural resource/urban mapping and natural resource exploration and production.

Crow Bait Inactive Member24 Apr 2008 12:33 p.m. PST

Geography, and work in the Intelligence contracting area. Once everything is boiled down, Intelligence Preperation of the BattleField (IPB) in all Geography. Even more esoteric things like the Frequency Spectrum is Geography.

Cpt Arexu Inactive Member24 Apr 2008 12:59 p.m. PST

We use GIS in anthropology at my job (integrating USGS, tax maps, contractor maps and plans, and an extensive historic map collection). I work for a crm company in Hawaii.

Rassilon Inactive Member24 Apr 2008 1:04 p.m. PST

Wow! Thanks!

I would be curious to hear more about your education / career pathways?

I am particularly interested in eventually finding Geography work in the Anthropology or military fields if I go this route. I would be curious as to the availability / competition for jobs?

From what i've read, GIS is indeed "hot" but in other areas I am not so interested in. :)

Thanks again!!!

Rassilon Inactive Member24 Apr 2008 4:02 p.m. PST

Whoops, I just read that this was for industry related jobs… sorry!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2008 6:15 a.m. PST

Doesn't seem to matter, as people post all sorts of jobs. Will a BS suffice or do you need an advanced degree for what you want to do? A BS in archeology will get you a 10-12 dollar an hour job as a shovel bum.

Rassilon Inactive Member25 Apr 2008 9:55 a.m. PST

I want job options with a BA but intend/hope to get a masters…

Understood on he Archeology degree… BA grads are dig monkeys. :)

Hence my interest in Geography/GIS in combination…

mandt226 Apr 2008 6:24 a.m. PST

First of all, it's archaeology. ;)

Like Cpt, I work in Cultural Resources. Here in Arizona it's a pretty big business. Basically, if you throw a rock, you'll hit a prehistoric site. One of the things we use GPS for is to create site maps. Once archaeological features are excavated and fully exposed, our GPS guys come in and map the feature by plotting points all around it. These points are then downloaded to the computer, and the site maps are produced using that data and CAD.

Now, one thing I have to tell you. No one ever got rich in Archaeology. It's about as over-degreed and underpaid a field as you can get into. If that's the way you want to go, do it because you love it. Otherwise, major in accounting or something. ;)

Rassilon Inactive Member27 Apr 2008 10:14 p.m. PST

Archaeology. :P :) Thanks. ;) :)

Definitely not looking to get rich in any career I end up in… just comfortable and happy. :)

What I am trying to figure out is what is the path into GIS, mapping and cartography in Archaeology. Is it it via Geography (Anthro minor) or within Anthropology? I know if I studied GIS/mapping via Geography there is a world of job opportunities but is there a way into Archaeology or is it limited to those studying the field from within?

Smoke3 Inactive Member26 Nov 2008 3:23 p.m. PST

If you are looking to be comfortable and happy in your career then definitely get into GIS. Archs can make an ok living with a BS/BA if you are in just the right place at just the right time. Hell, with Obama talking about funding the alternative energy business and hiring more federal employees this is a most excellent time to be in resource management.

One tip of advice, when you apply for a job at a CRM firm or wherever, make sure they know upfront you are looking for a GIS job. If you just apply as a arch tech they will likely never give you the opportunity to show you can run GIS, I know that from experience. Where are you going to school? Do you work for anybody now?

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member23 Jan 2009 2:26 p.m. PST

Educated in Geography and GIS, currently working as an IT project manager for a major retailer. Pick a good school – mine were 'okay' but not 'great'.

Did a stint in coastal North Carolina working with a commercial surveying company doing a combination of field work and GIS. Good work if you enjoy a mix of outdoors and office and enjoy producing maps with balky HP pen plotters. Not so good if you don't like quality time spent in wetlands.

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) re-established the Military Geography specialty group about 10 years back.

Check out the AAG website at for more information on careers in geography.

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