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 Clerical or OrganisingPractical or MechanicalNature or RecreationSkill Level 5
Skill Level 6

Geographers study the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. Geographers study the physicial aspects of the earth, such as landforms and glaciers, as well as how they influence human populations. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures as they relate to geography. They study the physical and human geographic characteristics of a region, ranging in scale from local to global. Future Growth Very Strong
 

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • a strong interest in the environment
  • scientific and technical interest
  • the ability to analyse and solve problems
  • good communication and computing skills
  • able to produce accurate and detailed work.

Geographer looking at map
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Duties and Tasks

  • create and modify maps, graphs, or diagrams, using geographical information software and principles of cartography
  • gather and compile geographic data from sources including censuses, field observations, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps
  • analyse geographic distributions of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, or global scales
  • operate geographical information systems (GIS) hardware and software
  • write and present reports of research findings.

Working conditions

Most geographers work full time during regular business hours. Most geographers are employed in government organisations. Many geographers do fieldwork, which may include travel to remote locations, including overseas.


Education and training/entrance requirements

Geographers typically need a bachelor’s degree in geography, although some roles will require a master’s degree in geography. Some positions might allow you to substitute work experience or GIS proficiency for an advanced degree. Top research positions usually require a PhD or a master’s degree and a number of years of relevant work experience.

Most geography programs at university include courses in both physical and human geography, statistics or mathematics, remote sensing, and GIS. Business, economics, or even real estate courses are increasingly important for geographers working in private industry.

Employment Opportunities

Employment of geographers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because this is a small occupation, the overall growth will only result in a small number of new job openings.

More widespread use of geographic technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), allow government agencies and private businesses to make better business and planning decisions. Due to a greater focus on environmental and sustainable practices, geographers are increasingly needed to understand environmental changes and human impacts on the environment. Governments and businesses also rely on geographers to research topics such as resource use, natural hazards, and climate change.

 

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Geography: What is it for? October 2013 SA Government
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Census Geographer
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 Clerical or OrganisingPractical or MechanicalNature or RecreationSkill Level 5
Skill Level 6

 

Census geographers prepare highly specialized maps, reports and files of geographic data, primarily for use in government population Census studies. The maps, reports and data prepared by census geographers are commonly used for a variety of applications, including: Future Growth Very Strong

• Marketing research
• Human geography research
• Determining electoral boundaries
• Determining the amount of elected officials per area
• Transportation planning
• Urban planning


Information prepared by census geographers might help determine where schools are constructed or where new transit routes are placed. The data they produce is also used in some countries used to determine the number of representatives a given community will have in government; it may also include data about the country’s agricultural and business sectors.

Knowledge, skills and attributes  

To be effective in a career as a census geographer, you need to posses a certain set of skills and personality traits. These skills and traits will allow you to perform your job duties with competence and maintain a positive attitude towards your work. As a result, many employers list these as desired attributes on Census Geographer job postings.

• Enjoy compiling information and data
• An interest in determining how people and their activity are distributed in an area
• An energetic approach to work activities
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Able to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology
• Proficient using GIS software
• Proficient in creating and manipulating digital images in GIS software
• Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Excel/Access
• Able to interpret and use relevant scientific information (to assist in planning and development for example)
• May require knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe Suite products
• Thorough understanding of geographical principles and statistical techniques
         

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Typical Australian

The "Typical Australian"

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Who was the ‘typical’ Australian in 2016?
Thanks to the 2016 Census, we know that the ‘typical’ Australian is a 38 year old female. Let’s call her ‘Claire’. A decade ago, the ‘typical’ Australian would have been a year younger.

Australia’s population has changed a lot over the past 105 years – in 1911, when the first Census was taken, the ‘typical’ Aussie was a 24 year old male, but women have outnumbered men since 1979.

The ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is also female, but she’s younger: 23 years old, in fact.

Looking across the country, the Census tells us the ‘typical’ Australian male or female was born in Australia, has English ancestry and parents also born in Australia. But there are plenty of local differences. For example, a ‘typical’ person from New South Wales, Victoria or Western Australia has at least one parent who was born overseas.

Want to know more? The Census also tells us the ‘typical’ Aussie is married with two children, completed Year 12 and lives in a three bedroom house with two motor vehicles.

Men are from Maroochydore, women are from Werombi
How about the differences between Australian males and females?

The ‘typical’ Aussie male is 37 years old and spends less than five hours a week on domestic work. The ‘typical’ Aussie female is 38 years old and spends between five and 14 hours a week on domestic work.

The ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander female is 24 years old, which is two years older than the ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander male.

How we live now, as opposed to then
The ‘typical’ Australian lives in a three-bedroom house. However, the ‘typical’ Western Australian has a bit more space, living in a four-bedroom house. This was the case in 2011 and 2006 as well.

In 2016, the ‘typical’ Australian home is owned with a mortgage, but location makes a difference. The ‘typical’ Tasmanian home is owned outright, while the ‘typical’ Northern Territory home is rented. In 2006, the ‘typical’ Aussie home was owned outright.

Where was the ‘typical’ migrant born?
Australia has a growing proportion of people who were born overseas. The ‘typical’ migrant in Australia was born in England and is 44 years old (a change from 46 years old a decade ago).

There are differences between the states. The ‘typical’ migrant in Queensland was born in New Zealand. In Victoria, they’re born in India. And in New South Wales, it’s China.

We’re an eclectic lot
While the Census provides plenty of info on the ‘typical’ Australian, it also shows we’re a big, diverse community. There’s nothing typical about Australians.

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS])

 

Duties and Tasks

  • Analyze data to provide current information for use in geographic publications
  • Work on countrywide cartographic and geographic databases
  • Plan and monitor field operations that involve updating maps and lists of addresses for jurisdictions across the country
  • Write instructions and prepare training packages for use by field supervisors and staff
  • Plan, coordinate and monitor field operations, which involve recording and mapping rural addresses across the country
  • Update maps and distribute Census questionnaires to households across the country

Working conditions

Census geographers are employed on a part-time, full-time and contractual basis by public and private organizations that develop specialized maps and files of geographic data for use in population Census studies. Such organizations may include:

• Municipal, State/Territory and Federal government departments, including municipal planning
• Consulting companies, such as cartography consulting companies
Universities
• Public and private research organizations
• Marketing companies

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a Census Geographer you need at least a bachelor's degree in Geography or a related field.

 

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