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Geography

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Discipline Overview

Environment and Heritage Management investigates issues of global significance, especially the human impact on the Earth, the management of valuable landscapes, and the planning of cities and regions. This specialist program combines physical and human geography with relevant subjects to provide the skills and knowledge required for employment or research in both cultural and natural heritage issues.

Key employability skills

  • Written and oral communication across a range of audiences
  • Work and contribute to a team environment
  • Ability to build effective internal and external relationships
  • Creative problem solving and analytic skills
  • Organisation and project management
  • Numeracy and statistical literacy
  • Practical research (collect, analyse and present data)
  • Initiative and independence to innovate and explore improvement opportunities

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Environmental Education Officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • International Aid Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Policy Officer
  • Project Officer/Manager
  • Policy and Research Coordinator
  • Ranger
  • Researcher
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Advisory Consultant
  • Aboriginal Heritage Consultant
  • Research Assistant

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • The Outdoor Education Group
  • The Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • National Parks and Wildlife
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Universities (various)
  • Local Councils
  • Niche Environment and Heritage
  • Biosis
  • Urbis Pty Ltd
  • Ecology and Heritage Partners Pty Ltd
  • Tourism Recreation Conservation (TRC)

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

A number of employers take Environment and Heritage Management graduates into their graduate programs. 

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, here are some examples of further study options with UOW.

Course information

Discipline overview

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments. A career in geography or its related fields will help you make an essential contribution to environmental management, urban planning, and the management of social and economic change.

The range of skills gained through a degree in this field will be applicable for roles in sustainable policy development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs), private and public research organisations, infrastructure agencies, and environmental and community-based organisations.

Key employability skills

  • Logical and critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ethical practice
  • Collaboration
  • Organisation and project management
  • Numeracy and statistical literacy
  • Computer applications (inc. geographic information systems)
  • Strong communication skills

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Cartographer
  • Commercial/Residential Surveyor
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Planning and Development Surveyor
  • Town Planner
  • Geographer
  • Researcher
  • Research Assistant
  • GIS Technician
  • Policy Advisor
  • Imagery Analyst
  • Field Technician
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Project Officer
  • Outdoor Environmental Leader
  • Geomorphologist
  • Ecological Risk Assessor
  • Hazards Analyst
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Weatherization Installer and Technician
  • Community Resource Specialist
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Tour Guide
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Land Consultant
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Mapping Technician

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Expedia
  • Eugene Public Works
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
  • Data Farming
  • Gilmore Resources
  • Scotford & Fennessy
  • BooBook
  • Modis
  • Bushfire Prone Planning
  • MacroPlan Holdings Pty Ltd
  • GMT People
  • Local Councils
  • Hays Information Technology
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • APA Group
  • CNC Project Management
  • Travers Bushfire and Ecology
  • Randstad
  • Pacific Asian Consortium
  • Universities (various)
  • Design and Build

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Post graduate/additional studies

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, see below examples of postgraduate studies UOW has to offer.

Course information

Discipline Overview

Geographers help shape the future by understanding, explaining and predicting both human and physical environments. Human Geographers find solutions to issues around climate change, economic development, environmental management, population and cultural change, and urban, rural and regional planning. As a Human Geographer you'll make essential contributions to environmental management, urban planning, and processes of social and economic change.

The range of skills gained through a degree in this field will be applicable for roles in sustainable policy development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs), private and public research organisations, infrastructure agencies, and environmental and community-based organisations.

Key employability skills

  • Research and data collection, analysis and evaluation
  • Ability to understand abstract concepts, critically analyse and articulate information
  • Creative thinking and knowledge of moral and ethical issues
  • Time management and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Planning, organisation and problem-solving skills
  • Mathematical and computational skills including IT skills including use of databases and spreadsheets)
  • Written and oral communications skills

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Business Adviser or Developer
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Programs Coordinator
  • Community Resource Specialist
  • Environment Officer
  • Environmental Affairs Officer or Consultant
  • Environmental and Community Policy Adviser
  • Environmental Division Manager
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Geological or Geodetic Surveyor
  • Geospacial Intelligence Officer
  • Heritage Policy Officer, Analyst or Consultant
  • International Aid Officer
  • International Development Specialist
  • Land Use Planner or Consultant
  • Mapping Technician
  • Market Researcher
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Public Diplomacy Officer
  • Ranger
  • Research Officer
  • Research Impact Officer
  • Social Planner
  • Social Planning and Policy Adviser
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Sustainability Officer or Manager
  • Training and Development Coordinator
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Transport Analyst or Modeller
  • Urban and Rural Planner

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
  • Coffey
  • Department of the Environment
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • EY Sweeney
  • Friends of the Earth Australia
  • Greenpeace Australia
  • Knight Frank Australia
  • National Green Jobs Corps
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Shellharbour City Council
  • Willowtree Planning
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Palladium
  • Sustineo
  • Urban Bushland Management (Ecological Consultants)

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

A number of employers take Human Geography graduates into their graduate programs.

 

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers a Master of Philosophy (Geography and Sustainable Communities)

Course information

Discipline Overview

The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities will position you to take an active role in building a just and sustainable future. You will develop an understanding of the challenges communities face, and the ability to manage them in a volatile world.  You will gain career-relevant skills in a practical setting, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand how other countries are seeking to create and maintain sustainable communities.

Key employability skills

  • Practical research – Interpretation, analysis and evaluation
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Time management, organisation and planning
  • IT skills, (e.g. geographic IT, use of databases and spreadsheets)
  • Understand complex matters - knowledge of moral and ethical issues
  • Written and oral communication skills

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Farm and Grounds Assistant
  • Heritage Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • International Aid Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Ranger
  • Research Officer
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Sustainable Communities Officer
  • Program Coordinator

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Universities (various)
  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
  • National Parks and Wildlife
  • Department of Environment and Energy
  • Environmental Health Australia
  • International Federation of Environmental Health
  • Local government
  • Lands Council
  • Transparency International Australia
  • Baptist World Aid Australia
  • ACCI Relief
  • CBM Australia

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

A number of employers take Sustainable Communities graduates into their graduate programs.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Post graduate/additional studies

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

Master of Philosophy (Geographical and Sustainable Communities) is a specialised research degree for students whose future career will require them to conduct, interpret and apply findings of research.

Course information

What can I do to be proactive right now?

  • CRL100 and CRLP200 are elective subjects that help you clarify career direction & obtain work experience.
  • Further information on future prospects, salaries and future trends for particular roles of interest can be found in Job Outlook.
  • You can also explore the careers of other UOW graduates on the LinkedIn Alumni tool
  • Access the Hidden Job Market to find employment with small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
  • Find out about Graduate Recruitment Programs, fast tracked career pathway programs for graduates.
  • Career Action Plan gives you concrete actions throughout your degree to pursue your career goals
  • Career Central Resources are easy to access and can provide you with knowledge about employment
  • CareerHub Plus is an online library to improve student, graduate and alumni employability
  • CareerSmart/CareerSmart Discovery Tool are comprehensive & interactive career development tools

 

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