Jobs & Careers Center

The Jobs & Careers Center will be located in Wilson A, B & C of the Marriott, Mezzanine Level. It provides a central location for job seekers, students, and professionals to interact and to learn more about careers and professional development for geographers. A careers information table will be staffed and accessible each day for general questions, information, and resources in the Marriott Wardman Park Atrium.

View/download a PDF of the full schedule of events for the Jobs & Careers Center.

In addition to the many sessions taking place within the Jobs & Careers Center, dozens more careers and professional development sessions will take place at various locations throughout the meeting venues. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from working as a geographer in the public, private, nonprofit, or academic sector, to networking strategies, to becoming a certified GIS Professional (GISP), to women in leadership roles in geography, and more. 

View/download the PDF version of all career and professional development sessions or view a digital list from the online program by selecting the button below.

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Panel Discussions and Paper Sessions

The Jobs & Careers Center will host a number of panel and paper sessions related to careers and professional development. Topics to be addressed at the 2019 Annual Meeting include:

  • Welcome to the Annual Meeting: An orientation for newcomers
  • Employment in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors
  • Preparing for and sustaining an academic career
  • Strategies for thriving as a stand-alone geographer
  • Integrating career preparation into geography programs and curricula
  • Leadership opportunities for women in geography
  • Diversity in academia and the workforce
  • Working internationally
  • Work-life balance 

Details about these and other activities scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting will be posted as they are confirmed. Check the online program or mobile app for the latest developments and any changes.


Workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn about and apply ideas and advice from experts in their fields. Topics to be addressed at the 2019 Annual Meeting include:

  • Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
  • Professional Networking Strategies
  • Becoming a Certified GISP (GIS Professional)
  • Strategies for acing the GISCI Exam
  • Finding Your Career Outside Academia
  • Computational Thinking Skills for Human and Physical Geographers
  • Women in Leadership Positions in Geography
  • Incorporating Computer Programming Activities into Geography Curricula

For full descriptions of these and other workshops as they are announced, check out the Workshops list on the registration page

Student Networking Social

Students are an integral part of the AAG Annual Meeting, AAG membership, and our discipline. To help students meet and network, the AAG is organizing a Student Networking Social on Wednesday, April 3 from 4:30 – 6:10 p.m. in Ballroom Salon 1 of the Marriott Wardman Park. Come meet fellow students (from undergrads to Ph.D. candidates) and build your network of geography colleagues. Have some fun while you make connections that carry through the Annual Meeting and beyond! Students are encouraged to wear their school colors or other university apparel – let’s see how many different schools will be represented in one room! The AAG will be inviting departments, federal agencies, and businesses to send a representative to talk about educational, employment, or professional development opportunities their organizations offer. AAG Council members will also be invited to attend so students can connect with the AAG’s leadership. Student attendees can enter a raffle to win AAG swag or even one of 10 free student registrations for the 2020 AAG Annual Meeting in Denver! The social will take place immediately before and right next door to the Opening Plenary at 6:20 so students can easily attend it together to get their 2019 Annual Meeting off to a great start.
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AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars

As part of the AAG’s long-term commitment to enhancing diversity in geography and the geosciences, local students and young adults from underserved communities in and around Washington, DC will be invited to partake in a full day of sessions, workshops and other experiential learning opportunities at the AAG Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with employers, educators, and practicing geographers, and attend technical sessions and workshops to learn about the discipline and the preparation needed for careers in geography, GIS and the geosciences. All participants will receive $150 stipends and passes for the entire 5-day conference. The AAG is proud to partner with the DC Workforce Investment Council on this career exploration program. Please extend a warm welcome to the Emerging Scholars as they explore careers in geography and the geosciences!

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Career Mentoring

Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals, faculty members, and advanced students to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more. Career Mentoring sessions will take place April 3-6, each morning from 9:55-11:35 a.m. in Wilson B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level.

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Job and Student Opportunities Postings

Each year, the Jobs & Careers Center features job postings and student opportunities in all fields of geography. Attendees can browse the postings during the career mentoring sessions and or at any time during the conference. Employers are also welcome to post printed ads for open positions within their organizations. 

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Diversity Ambassadors

Join us for the 10th anniversary of the AAG Diversity Ambassadors program! To celebrate this anniversary, Diversity Ambassadors and AAG staff have planned a line-up of diversity-themed sessions culminating in a special forum, Celebrating Diversity in Geography" on Saturday, April 6 from 3:05-4:45 p.m. in Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level.Since the creation of the program at the 2009 AAG Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, the Ambassadors have been sharing their experiences and advice about college life, graduate school, job searches, networking, navigating the Annual Meeting, and more. To learn more about the Diversity Ambassadors Program, visit our information table by the Jobs & Careers Center. The table will be staffed Thursday and Friday, April 4-5 from 2-5 p.m. Download the schedule and make sure to check back here as further details regarding activities at the 2019 conference become available.

GISP Certification

Did you know you can earn GISP credits by participating in the AAG Annual Meeting? Attendance provides several ways to earn necessary points for the “Contributions to the Profession” and “Education” components of becoming a GISP. Two back-to-back workshops on GISP certification will take place within the Jobs & Careers Center on Thursday, April 4: "GISCI & the GISP – An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession" (1:10 – 2:50 pm in Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level), and “Are You Ready for the GISCI Exam? Join Us to Review Your Knowledge” (3:05 – 4:45 pm in Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level). Prospective GISPs and current GISPs who have questions about renewing their certification are encouraged to attend both workshops. Attendance is first-come, first-served.
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