To date, we’ve asked 72 current and past geography students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

Different majors will offer different opportunities.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a geography degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a geography degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are geography students compared to other degrees?

Overall, geography students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, geography students rate their happiness similarly to students in Area Studies, Industrial Design and Biology.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to geography

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Visual Communication$57,301
Art Studies$50,604
Ecology and Related Studies$57,201
Linguistics$55,709
Geography$65,448
Area Studies$62,037
Industrial Design$53,149
Biology$58,773
Animal Sciences$54,800
Physical Sciences$80,436

Let's break that down further.

Are geography students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
94 ratings
5 stars
34%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
5%
1 stars
4%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
91 ratings
5 stars
25%
4 stars
36%
3 stars
25%
2 stars
8%
1 stars
4%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in geography experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did geography graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what geography grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
93 ratings
5 stars
5%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
39%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
9%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were geography students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
72 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
11%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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