OFO No: 263203





What is a Geographer?

A Geographer studies spaces and locations around the world.

They often study:

Physical geography

  • The study of the earth’s surface and natural phenomena.  A Geologist is more interested in what lies beneath the surface.
  • A Geographer may also study weather patterns, eco systems and the relationship of various organisms etc.

Human geography

  • The study of the relationship of people and places.
  • This includes urban environments and the impact of humans on the environment (present, past and future). A Geographer in this area will be passionate about different cultures and societies and what impact they have on the environment.

What does a Geographer do?

  • travels to various locations
  • does research
  • does interviews
  • analyses and interprets data
  • works with other scientists
  • writes reports
  • liaises and advises governments and other organisations

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in geography?
  • interested in different cultures?
  • inquisitive?
  • interested in research?
  • a good communicator?
  • willing to travel?
  • organised?
  • a people’s person?

How do I become a Geographer?


Bachelor of Geography degree

  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Free State


  • Bachelor of Geography degree
  • Honours in Geography


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Geologist or Land Surveyor

Is becoming a Geographer the right career choice for me?