The need for
teachers of geography at all levels has risen
dramatically in recent years. Wayne State College offers teacher
programs where students may earn either two Subject
Endorsements (one of which may be in geography) or one Field
(e.g., the social sciences field endorsement includes geography
Larger school systems (in and out of Nebraska) lean toward hiring
with subject endorsements. Smaller schools sometimes (though not
always) prefer students
with the broader social sciences field endorsement, and new hires may
be asked to teach a broader variety of topics.
There are lots of teaching jobs in foreign countries, particularly in places where large numbers of American military personnel or business people are based. The Department of Defense maintains K-12 English-language schools in such places as Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom, Guam, South Korea, and Japan. Also, large U.S. corporations are finding that they must offer educational opportunities to the dependents of employees working in foreign nations. There are also independent American schools in many large cities the world over. The benefit you will always receive from teaching overseas, of course, is the opportunity for travel and cultural exploration.
As the number of geography courses in high schools expands, more students are pursuing geography as a major in college. This keeps college geography departments busy, and these departments employ a number of geography professors. Professors have as many specialties as there are disciplines within geography. They conduct research and teach courses, from introductory classes for freshmen to advanced seminars on a specialized subject for upperclass and graduate students. To be a college professor, you definitely need a graduate degree, usually a Ph.D.
Additional information provided by Richard G. Boehm, Careers in Geography, National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., and The Association of American Geographers