Part A: 20 points
The Association of American Geographers has generated a list of possible careers in the various geographic fields. (Although there are numerous careers listed on their website remember that this is only a sampling!) Visit
the Association of American Geographers website and select the career that interests you most.
Write a brief summary, approximately 3 to 5 paragraphs describing the job responsibilities of someone in this career, the required education, and potential earnings in your region. Also, explain why you feel this geographic field most suits you. What skills do you possess that make this career a match for you?
The Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the U.S. Department of Labor can provide you with further information.
Part B: 30 points
Pretend that you have completed the educational requirements for the selected career from Part A, and have obtained a position. In approximately 4 to 5 paragraphs, respond to the following prompt:
Currently, there are more than 305,000,000 people in the United States, and the nation’s population continues to increase with one birth every seven seconds. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just a decade ago there were more than 280,000,000 living in the United States! For this reason, cities continue to expand; new communities are popping up all over.
Imagine that a new community is being developed on the outskirts of your neighborhood. As a professional working in your chosen geographic field, what are your responsibilities? What problems will you face? Consider what happens as plans are developed for the new community, as construction begins, and as people relocate to the new area. What issues will you face as the geographer and how can you resolve them? Think about transportation issues, building codes, tourism, shopping, employment, and other needs and desires of citizens in your community.
Submit your completed assignment to the Final Project – Part I: A Day in the Life of a Geographer link for grading. Your assignment will be graded according to the 6 + 1 Rubric found in the Orientation section of the course.