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Doctoral Placement after Graduation

Doctoral Placement after Graduation

Your future

Few institutions will better prepare you for a long, rewarding and successful career in geographical sciences and/or urban planning than the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) at Arizona State University (ASU).

You were admitted – spent the time, did the work, and defended your dissertation – and are finally eyeing graduation. After spending your life preparing for ‘what’s next’, you are primed to graduate and start your ‘journey’. … So, what does your journey look like?

Following are placement results from an ASU SGSUP graduate survey of students who have graduated in the past 10 years. In them, you will find a wide range of possibilities that might resemble what your career looks like, now, and further on down the line. Regardless, we’re all excited to see what your future holds!

Where Will You Go?

SGSUP doctoral graduates live and work all over the world, including:

  • Barbados
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Scotland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

What Will You Be Doing?

SGSUP doctoral graduates work in a variety of fields across the public, private and non-profit sectors; and more, including:

  • Cultural Geography
  • Demography and Migration 
  • Earth Surface Processes
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Geomorphology
  • Human-Environment Interaction
  • Land System Science
  • Physical Geography
  • Public Health
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Data Analytics
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Planning

What Will Your Title Be?

SGSUP doctoral graduates have a long list of titles, including:

  • Professor
    • Assistant Clinical
    • Assistant
    • Associate
    • Full
    • Instructor
    • Lecturer
    • Senior
  • Entrepreneur
  • Franchise Development Manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Post-Doctor & Researcher
    • Fellow
    • R&D Scientist
    • Research Scientist

What Business/Institution Will You Be Working At?

SGSUP doctoral graduates work for a wide range of well-known academic institutions near and far, including:

  • Air Force Academy
  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Depaul University
  • Florida State University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Oregon State University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Oklahoma

SGSUP doctoral graduates have worked their way to the top of many government agencies and commercial companies, including:

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • ESRI
  • Korea Military Academy
  • Korea National Park Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service

* Based on ASU SGSUP survey