Geography graduate destinations

A degree in Geographical Sciences provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers. Many move into a variety of fields where their combination of analytical, teamworking, numerical and communication skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single honours Geography courses (BSc and MSci), including those with study abroad
  • Geography with Quantitative Research Methods (BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 84 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 61.8%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 67%
Self-employment/freelancing 4%
Running my own business 1%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 2%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 15%
Taking time out to travel 4%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 5%
Doing something else 2%

Sector information

Examples of regular recruitment sectors include IT and management consultancy, law, investment banking, accountancy, marketing, publishing and the armed forces. Geographical skills can be particularly relevant in areas such as the Civil Service and local government, tourism, market research, conservation, logistics and teaching.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Advertising agencies


Justice and judicial activities


Non-life insurance


Distribution of gaseous fuels through mains


General secondary education

Other sectors (31 sectors) 38

Around 70% of all graduate vacancies ask for no specific degree subject and, over the years, Bristol Geographical Sciences graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from diplomacy and community work to sports broadcasting and journalism.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Zurich Insurance
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Atkins
  • People and Planet
  • Unruly Media

Examples of occupations

  • Sales Development Manager
  • Agricultural Recycling Manager
  • Assistant Statistician
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Town Planning Consultancy

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 8%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

Information request

If you need more information about graduate destinations, please email us.

Connect with alumni

Use Bristol Connects and LinkedIn to find out what others from your course are doing now and how they can help you.

Edit this page