This article is about the scientific field of study. For the American indie band, see Geographer (band)
A geographer is a scholar whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth's natural environment and human society.
Although geographers are historically known as people who make maps, map making is actually the field of study of cartography, a subset of geography. Geographers do not study only the details of the natural environment or the human society, but they also study the reciprocal relationship between these two. For example, they study how the natural environment contributes to the human society and how the human society affects the natural environment.
In particular, physical geographers study the natural environment while human geographers study the human society. Modern geographers are the primary practitioners of the GIS (geographic information system), who are often employed by local, state, and federal government agencies as well as in the private sector by environmental and engineering firms.
There is a well-known painting by Johannes Vermeer titled The Geographer, which is often linked to Vermeer's The Astronomer. These paintings are both thought to represent the growing influence and rise in prominence of scientific enquiry in Europe at the time of their painting, 1668–69.
Areas of study 
There are two major fields of study, which are further subdivided:
- Physical geography: including geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, biogeography, climatology, meteorology, pedology, oceanography, geodesy, and environmental geography.
- Human geography: including urban geography, cultural geography, economic geography, political geography, historical geography, marketing geography, health geography, and social geography.
The National Geographic Society identifies five broad key themes for geographers:
- human-environment interaction
See also 
Southern Maryland Online
Thu, 23 May 2013 07:48:16 -0700
BOSTON, Mass. - Navy geographer Matthew Page holds the plaque presented to him by Careers & the disABLED Magazine Editor Larry Jaffee, left, and Robert Bills, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Disruptive Technologies Branch head, ...
Fri, 17 May 2013 09:13:08 -0700
“It's in a region's best interest to have neighbors who are growing,” says Ryan James, an economic geographer and assistant professor at NIU. “For example, look at the Boston and New York areas. The vibrant growth of these economic areas spilled over ...
The Spokesman Review (blog)
Thu, 16 May 2013 12:28:02 -0700
... Joel Kotkin featured speaker Friday at the Davenport · May 16, 2013 12:26 p.m. • 0 comments. Get up early Friday morning and go to Spokane's Davenport Hotel if you care to listen to an economic overview from a guy known as America's “uber-geographer.
Sun, 05 May 2013 21:49:17 -0700
Rock music attracted Northwestern students and Evanston residents to Norris University Center's East Lawn on Sunday afternoon for a benefit concert featuring Geographer and whysowhite. Nearly 250 students gathered outside Norris for a concert hosted as ...
Daily Northwestern (blog)
Wed, 01 May 2013 08:34:32 -0700
Meet me at Norris this weekend for some funk, electronic beats and Dance Marathon fundraising. Chicago band whysowhite will open for indie rock group Geographer at Sunday's Benefit 2013, A&O Productions announced this morning. Whysowhite ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:25:41 -0700
Iranian geographer Javad Safinejad shows a copy of the map published in the Turkish version of the Kitab al-masalik wa-al-mamalik at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Persian Gulf Book Festival in Tehran on April 28, 2013. Based on the map, he believes ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Fri, 24 May 2013 21:03:33 -0700
This is something that Mr. Russell zeroed in on in his piece comparing Portland to Pittsburgh: "As the economy recovers, I argue that Pittsburgh is the place to be," wrote Mr. Russell, a geographer who has been writing about Pittsburgh for years at his ...
Victoria Times Colonist
Sat, 25 May 2013 01:27:02 -0700
As a professionally trained geographer, and editorial board member of a leading cartography journal, I strongly support the effort by local First Nations to reclaim the original indigenous name of Pkols for what the settler society has come to know as ...
Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter
You can talk about Geographer with people all over the world in our discussions.