A version of a comprehensive study of the German population on the perception of geography as a school subject, as a science, and on the job market, has now been published in English in the journal Erdkunde.

According to the findings of the study, the perception of geography – both that of the school subject as well as the science – can be classified as highly positive. Geography lessons are seen as a subject which promotes spatial orientation, but also as a subject dealing with human-environment relationships. The science geography is understood above all as the science of the relationship between humans and their environment. However, both in schools and in science, geography is more strongly linked to physical geography topics and topics that deals with human-environmental relationships than with human geography topics. Respondents see jobs for geographers as being mainly in two areas: environmental planning/risks/protection and urban/regional planning.

The full survey results may be found here. You can download the full English report here.