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Career Development

Preparing Students for Professional Longevity 

In the Geography Department, we care about our students' career development and make every effort to help them succeed. The students are encouraged to develop a career plan through various resources we provide (e.g., internships, career counseling, field trips, etc.). 

Three male students standing and talking to a lady at a career fair table.

Who Hires Our Grads

Below is a list of some employers that have hired our graduates in recent years

Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)

Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

U.S. Bureau of the Census

City of Sioux Falls, GIS Division

Brookings County Planning and Zoning

Garmin International

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Eastern Illinois University

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Vermont Natural Resources Agency

SD District Planning organizations

Nevada County, California GIS Division

Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

City of Sturgis Planning and Zoning

Minnesota State University at Moorhead

Institute of Space Higher Education and Telecommunications (ISESTEL) (Burkina Faso)


First Planning District, SD

Chesapeake Energy, OK

Human Terrain System

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

SD Public Schools

SD Department of the Environment and Natural Resources

SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Two career professionals sitting at a table with a table drape that says Career Services, South Dakota State University at the health sciences career fair.

Additional Resources for Job Preparation