Department of Geography and Planning
Taryn Diamond isn’t only a youth officer, she's also a Geography grad.
Taryn Diamond (B.A., 2007) went on to apply her skills as a Youth & Campus Outreach Officer at Oxfam Canada, and later completed the training necessary to be a yoga instructor. Read more about Taryn here.
What do employers value about Department of Geography and Planning graduates?
think critically and creatively
analyze and solve problems from a multidisciplinary perspective
use research methods, design studies and make discoveries
write clearly and effectively
deliver presentations to a variety of audiences
use quantitative and technological literacy in gathering and analyzing data
draw on spatial reasoning skills
understand and communicate science and the consequences of human interaction with it (Physical & Environmental Geography)
Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $50,725/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Geography alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and writing skills in these industries:
- Media and Communications
- Program and Project Management
- Information Technology
- Community and Social Services
- Government and Public Policy
graduate or professional school
A geography degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Earth Science
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Biological Sciences
- Development Studies
- Public Health
- Landscape Architecture
- Urban Studies
- Public Policy
- Spatial Information Systems
- Applied Geography and GIS
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Options in your Department
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Participate in GDR 493Y, a fourth-year internship course to gain hands-on experience.
Take advantage of experiential learning field and internship courses.
Attend socials, field trips and career workshops organized by TUGS, the Toronto Undergraduate Student Association to build connections and perspective.
Participate in peer mentorship and workshops through STEP Forward.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Department of Geography
- Canadian Association of Geographers
- Association of American Geographers
- Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
- Canadian Council for Geographic Education
- Royal Canadian Geographic Society
- American Geophysical Union