Learn about the types of people who become geographers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
76% of geographers work in full-time roles while 24% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a geographer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming geographers at a ratio of 1.70 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
51% of geographers are female and 49% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a geographer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a geographer and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a geographer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of geographers are White, making up 68% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 12% and 7% respectively.