Geometry

Geometry is used in a variety of STEM related careers that have to do with designing real and virtual objects. If you enjoy studying and working with shapes and dimensions or are interested in building objects, then a career in geometry might be for you!

What is Geometry?

Geometry is one of the oldest branches of math. It is, generally, the study of space, lines, area, angles and shapes.

 

Some well-known careers that use geometry include architect, geographic information systems analyst, and urban and regional planner. All of these careers use geometry to study and divide space to be used when developing things, whether that be a skyscraper, a digital map, or a new housing subdivision.

 

Professionals in these careers need a solid foundation of geometry concepts to be successful.

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Architect

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree and licensing

Average Salary
$66k


An architect is a skilled professional who plans and designs buildings and generally plays a key role in their construction. Architects are highly trained in the art and science of building designs. Since they bear the responsibility for the safety of their buildings' occupants, architects must be professionally licensed. To become an architect, you need to complete a bachelor's or master's degree program in architecture. Then, an internship and ultimately licensure is required to work in any state. Architects who want to consult or work in academia will need a doctorate in the field.

GIS Analyst

Education Requirements
Associate or bachelor's degree, plus certification

Average Salary
$52k-$70k


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts have a variety of responsibilities, including using digital mapping software to help make decisions about how land is utilized. This career includes a mix of data analysis, cartography, also known as map making, and programming. they are tech-savvy and have many skills like problem-solving and multitasking, and they use geometry in their work by analyzing spatial data and working with maps. A bachelor's degree is required to become a GIS analyst, and sometimes, though not often, previous experience or an internship may be required.

Interior Designer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree is usually required; interior designer programs are also available at associates, bachelors, and masters degree levels.

Average Salary
$37k-$69k


Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards. A bachelor's degree is usually required in order to become an interior designer, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD).

Surveyor

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree, plus licensing

Average Salary
$37k-$55k


A surveyor determines or updates property boundaries by taking measurements, working with elevations, shapes, and dimensions. They can work for a range of clients like private, public, and government developments, and they provide the data they find to their employers. Some tasks they may focus on are determining constructions sites, settling property line disagreements, and creating maps, and they need skills such as knowledge on state laws, various computer skills, the ability to focus on details. A bachelor's degree is required to become a surveyor, and many people also start by working under a licensed surveyor for 4 years. They also must be licensed before certifying legal documents and providing public surveys.

Urban Planner

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree, and sometimes a master's degree

Average Salary
Bachelor's degree, and sometimes a Master's degree


An urban planner, also known as a city planner, plans to set aside land or modernize towns, and they look at growth populations to predict expansion and to determine the needs to the community. They use math, and more specifically, geometry, to arrange and design their plan using various shapes and measurements. A bachelor's degree is required to become an urban planner, and typically, people with this level of education will work as an assistant or junior planner. If you'd like to work more independently, though a master's degree will allow you to become an urban or regional planner.

Sheet Metal Worker

Education Requirements
High School Diploma, and Vocational Schools

Average Salary
$32k-$49k


Sheet metal workers install and create metal sheets that are used in various ways. Some of their duties may include welding, attaching metal seams, taking measurements, and creating supportive frameworks. This takes many skills such as using blueprints, taking accurate measurements, working with dimensions, installations skills, and ability to use tools like scribes, rulers, calculators, and squares. To become a sheet metal worker, a person needs to have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and it can be helpful to take vocational-education courses like blueprint reading, mechanical drawing, and welding.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

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