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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
  • South Dakota 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, South Dakota
  • Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma 
  • Human Terrain System
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
  • South Dakota Public Schools
  • South Dakota Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • South Dakota 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