Practicing Geography

ISBN-10: 0321811151

ISBN-13: 9780321811158

Edition: 2013

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Whether you are just beginning as a major, taking classes toward a GIS certificate, working on an advanced degree, or considering a career change at a different point in your life, geography can lead to exceptional career opportunities.Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environmentis a comprehensive new resource from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Pearson, designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project brings together members of the geography community to author different chapters that discuss workforce needs, expectations, and core competencies in professional geography, profiling the professional applications of and opportunities in geography today.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Phil Gersmehl, PhD, is Codirector of the New York Center for Geographic Learning, at Hunter College, where he helps develop curriculum and train teachers in Bushwick, Canarsie, Harlem, Jackson Heights, and other neighborhoods in New York. He has worked with geographic alliances in 28 states, as well as with similar groups in Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and Russia. He was Codirector of the ARGUS and ARGWorld projects, both funded by the National Science Foundation and other sources, and both administered by the Association of American Geographers. He also assisted with three NASA-funded educational projects and one for the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to accepting the New York position, he developed distance-learning courses for the University of Minnesota, a pilot TV episode for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a number of instructional computing projects for IBM and other groups. He is author of several books and a regular contributor to professional journals. His work has earned several awards for research and geographic education, including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Profiles of Professional Geographers
About the Editors
About the Authors
Preparing for a Career in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations
Part Strategy and Serendipity: A Candid Guide to Career Planning for Geographers
Careers Today
The Work-Life Fit: Knowing Yourself
Geography and Career Prospects: Knowing the Market
Valerie Moye, Green Infrastructure Coordinator, City of Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Carmen Tedesco, Senior Spatial Planning and Development Specialist, Development Alternatives, Inc. (Bethesda, Maryland)
Understanding Your Skills Relative to Job Descriptions
Putting Yourself "Out There": Managing Your Visibility
Geography Education and Career Readiness
If Geography Is Everywhere, Aren't We All Geographers?
Careers for Professional Geographers
Skills Used in Professional Geography
Steve Fearn, Director, Real Estate Market Research, Ross Stores (Pleasanton, California)
Profile 2.2
Learning by Doing: Developing Professional Skills Outside the Classroom
Educational Strategies for Enhancing Your Employability
Locating Geography-Related Jobs
Geography is Everywhere…Including the Workplace!
Switching Sectors: Transitioning into and among Business, Government, and Nonprofit Careers
Is the Grass Greener? Things to Consider Before Hopping the Fence
Business Employment
Anne Hale Miglarese, Principal Director, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, DC)
Government Employment
Nonprofit Employment
Academic Employment
Sonia Arbona, Ph.D., Medical Geographer, Texas Department of State Health Services (Austin, Texas)
Strategies for Switching Sectors
The Value of an Internship Experience for Early Career Geographers
The Value of an Internship
The Importance of Internships for Early Career Professional Development in Geography
You Majored in What?
The Benefit of Developing Professional Networks
Profile 4.1
Types of Internships for the Major Subfields of Geography
Environmental Geography
Community and Regional Planning, Land Use Management, and Regulation
Geospatial Technologies
Geography Education
Business Geography, Real Estate Development, and Location Analysis
Considerations for Choosing an Internship
The "Right" Internship
Paid or Unpaid?
What Kind of Work is Offered?
When is the Best Time to Pursue an Internship?
For Course Credit or Not? Advantages of an Internship for Academic Credit
How to Locate an Internship-Search Widely
The Search Process
Be Proactive
Duties and Expectations: Laying the Ground Rules
Maximizing the Value of Your Internship During and After the Program
Evaluating and Reflecting on Your Internship Experience
Mark Barnes, Eagleton Governor's Executive Fellow, 2010 and Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ)
Final Thoughts
Professional Networking, Tina Cary
Invest Your Time
Make Your Networking Plan
How to Begin
Benefits of Professional Networking
Ken Turnbull, Accredited Land Consultant (Denver, Colorado)
Benefits to You
Job Performance
Value to Your Organization
Enhanced Reputation
Career Opportunities
Benefits to Your Organization
Save Time and Money
Reduce Risk
Benefits to the Larger Community
Tools for Networking
Professional Meetings
Other Traditional Tools
Social Media
Glenn Letham, Co-founder, Spatial Media LLC, and Managing Editor, (Vancouver, British Columbia)
In Conclusion
Understanding Career Opportunities
Geography Careers in State and Local Government
The Need for Geographers in State and Local Government
Opportunities for Geographers in State and Local Government
Dan Haug, IT Director, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Pendleton, Oregon)
Strategies for Getting a Job in the Public Sector
Education and Training Suggestions for Public Sector Geographers
"Soft Skills"
Dmitry Messen, Program Manager, Socio-Economic Modeling Group, Houston-Galveston Area Council (Houston, Texas)
Concluding Thoughts
Emerging and Expanding Career Opportunities in the Federal Government
Considering a Career in the Federal Government
The Government Perspective: Why Hire Geographers?
Geography In Federal Government: A Long and Varied Record of Contributions
Dave Selkowitz, Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center (Anchorage, Alaska)
Mike Ratcliffe, Assistant Division Chief, U.S. Census Bureau (Washington, DC)
A Focus on Geospatial Careers in the Federal Sector
Thinking and Planning Ahead
Sarah Brinegar, Ph.D., Social Science Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, DC)
Geography Careers in Large Businesses and Corporations
Logisticians and Supply Chain Analysts: Connecting and Optimizing Operations
Sustainability Managers: Quality of Life for Future Generations
Karl Finkbeiner, Operations Analyst, Ingram Micro (Buffalo, New York)
Andrew Telfer, Sustainability Manager, Walmart Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
Geodemographers and Market Research Analysts: It's All about the Customer
"Spatial" Statisticians and Data Analysts: More than Just Number-Crunchers
Esther Ofori, Marketing Analyst, Macy's Inc. (New York City)
Applying for Corporate Positions and Performing Successfully on the Job
Armando Boniche, Circulation Director, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald (Miami, Florida)
Geography and the Nonprofit Sector
Geographers Outside the "Ivory Tower"
Nonprofits: A Geographic Overview
Bridging Geography and the Nonprofit Sector
Jane Daniels, Director of Preservation Programs, Colorado Preservation, Inc. (Denver, Colorado)
Finding "The Door"
Getting Your "Foot in the Door"
Kate Pearson, Strategic Partnerships Director, Habitat for Humanity International (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Concluding Thoughts
Serge Dedina, Ph.D., Executive Director, WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE and Emily Young, Ph.D., Senior Director, Environment Analysis & Strategy, The San Diego Foundation (Imperial Beach, California)
Starting a Small Geography Business
Geographers as Business Owners
A Spatial Perspective of Economic Activity
Kristen Carney
Value of Place
"Ecopreneurship" and Interdisciplinary Thinking
Preparing to Start a Small Geography Business
Acquiring Business Expertise and Skills
Thinking Creatively about Problems and Opportunities
Developing a Professional Network
Starting the Business
Ashok and Ishu Wadwani, Owners, Applied Field Data Systems (Houston, Texas)
Pre-Start-Up Research
Writing the Business Plan
Resources for Writing a Business Plan
Acquiring Funding and Intellectual Property Rights
Resources for Starting a Business
Going Global: Practicing Geography Internationally
Geographers Working Internationally-A World of Opportunities
Geographers in International Development
Michelle Kooy, Research Fellow, Water Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute (London, UK)
Geographers in the Private Sector
Geographers in the Foreign Service
Preparing for International Work
Education and Expertise
Study-Abroad Programs
Reena Patel, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State (Madrid, Spain)
Work-Abroad Programs and Short-Term Overseas Contracts
Research Assistantships
International Travel
Language Skills
The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Working Internationally
Teaching Geography Inside and Outside the Classroom
Teaching Geography as Inquiry: Engaging Students in Active Learning and Investigations
Paula Ann Trevino, Grade-Level Principal, Helix Charter High School (La Mesa, California)
Teaching Geography in Different Educational Settings
Teaching in K-12 Education
K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs
Certification Options
2 + 2 Programs
Teaching at the University Level
Teaching in Professional Development Settings
Teaching Geography Online
Informal Educational Settings
Professional Organizations Supporting Geography Education
Tara Gettig, Environmental Education Specialist, Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Gardners, Pennsylvania)
Geography Careers in Consulting
Our Journey into Consulting: An Introduction
A Peek into the World of Consulting
Who Wants, Needs, and Uses Consultants?
Why Hire a Consultant?
What Roles Do Consultants Play for Their Clients?
What is It Like to Be a Consultant?
What are Some of the Challenges that Consultants Face?
What Does a Consultant Do on a Daily Basis?
Geographic Consulting: A World of Skills and Perspectives
The Value of Geography in Consulting for the Corporate Sector, Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), and Government
The Skills Geographers Bring to Consulting
Examples of Settings Where Geography Has Opportunities for Growth in Consulting
Living as Strange Hybrids: Possibilities for Collaboration and Career-Making
Challenges and Benefits for the Self-Employed Consultant: A Conclusion
Achieving Career Satisfaction Now and Into the Future
"Work" and "Life": Crossing Boundaries of Time, Space, and Place
Valuing Time, Considering Space
Work Policies, Choices, and Practices
Carmen Mas�, GIS Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Chicago, IL)
Jeff Young, Business Development Manager, LizardTech (Seattle, Washington)
Moving Up, Moving On, Going Further Afield
Concluding Thoughts
Mei and Jun
Practical Ethics for Professional Geographers
Engagement with Ethics
Applied Ethics and Professional Pedagogy
Tom Dwyer, Principal, Dutch Hill Consulting (Poughkeepsie, New York)
Ethical Analysis
Case Study: To Map Wetlands or Not to Map Wetlands?
Analysis Following the Seven-Step Approach
Case Study: Release of Data
Analysis Following the Seven-Step Approach
Reflections and Outlook
Creating the Life You Want: Lifelong Professional Development for Geographers
What is Lifelong Professional Development?
Think Holistically
Organizations and Opportunities
Advanced Degrees
Life Evolves
Planning In A Changing World
Nancy Davis Lewis, Ph.D., Research Program Director, The East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tools for Professional Development
Photo Credits
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