Geography is an integrative science that explores the earth as a whole system through study of the earth’s physical environment, its resources and the human activities that occur on its surface.
Consulting with others: Finding innovative solutions to problems, advising on environmental issues; preparing regional health service plans.
Organization: Data, time and resource management; organized and able to meet deadlines.
Communication skills: inform, explain and instruct; prepare technical reports; communicate across cultures.
Visualization skills: Comprehend and create maps and graphs; skills in spatial analysis.
Technical: Computer modeling; methodical approach to using information gathering equipment; operate specialized field equipment and appropriate scientific lab techniques; utilizing statistical methods/applications; surveying techniques.
Analytical: Studying and analyzing the spatial distribution and interrelationship of physical, biological and cultural patterns, environmental phenomena, climate, natural resources and soil distribution, knowledge of the earth's physical environments and interrelationship; often specialize in these areas: economic, regional, urban, political, physical, medical, cartography.
Research skills: Data collection; process and synthesize vast amounts of data and apply where relevant; define research problems; develop research models and proposals; Identifying salient sources of information on specific topics; relating to climate, landforms, soils, vegetation, transportation systems, urban structure, resources, industry or different geographical regions.
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
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