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National Geographic Overview

Industry

Media

Organization Type

Nonprofit

Employees

1,000 - 10,000

Headquarters

Washington, DC

Website

nationalgeographic.com

Website

nationalgeographic.com



Founded in

1888

Revenue

$100M - $1B

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About National Geographic

National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society.

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What is it like to work at National Geographic

April 23, 2018 on Reddit

What was your most arduous location/duration/situation during your career in the field?

I had many - I was held up at gunpoint when I was traveling through the rainforest of Gabon. The passenger we had given a ride ended up knowing the person with the gun and all was ok.
October 5, 2017 on Reddit

Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?

Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!

Hi Charlie. What is the most brutal aspect of your job?

HI thanks for your question. To be honest I don' think any part of my job is actually brutal. Its often physically very demanding and often very uncomfortable but not brutal. I do, I have to say, get a bit bored of 'ego warriors' as I call them who appear on tv and the media saying how tough and hard and I guess brutal their lives and jobs are - the truth is we spend a lot of time sitting in cars and planes and boats. It's physically tough sometimes but always in extraordinary places> thanks!

HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?

thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks
October 5, 2017 on Reddit

Hi Charlie, while taking pictures for nature if u see a prey vs predator moment in wild are you allowed to help the prey survive?

HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.

Hi Charlie! For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)

Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!
September 21, 2012 on Reddit

How did you get involved with Nat Geo? I've been wanting to do underwater photography with them for the longest time, just don't know how to get accepted.

Great place to work- gotta have the total passion and a portfolio that kicks *** and takes names. Ultimately, gotta have faith in your own abilities, don't doubt
September 21, 2012 on Reddit

What are the worst conditions that you have had to face while out doing a job?

1) sandstorms 2)bombings 3)110-degree heat 4) -30-degree cold 5) grumpy officials 6) snakes
September 20, 2012 on Reddit

How much money do you make a year? Don't get me wrong, I'd be wayyyy more excited about the traveling, digging, exploring aspect of this job than the money - but I'm just curious about the pay for something like this. Do you take any pictures of the sites that get published in the magazine? Thanks!

I didn't get into this for the $$$, but I'm supporting a family and doing what I love- I'm a very lucky guy.
September 20, 2012 on Reddit

How much do local politics affect your work? Do you have to include bribes in your expedition budget? Have you ever had a run-in with corrupt officials, holding your gear or documents hostage until they received payment?

That's everywhere in the world and it's all relative, whether it's sitting down for three pots of tea and formalities or filling out forms etc
September 20, 2012 on Reddit

First of all, that sounds like the coolest job on the planet, and second of all, if all goes well and you find this palace, do you think that will give you the experience necessary to find the lost city of Atlantis?

It's pretty cool- I'm a very lucky guy but make sure I remind myself of that all the time. Atlantis? Gotta love legends- there's a bit of truth in every legend

Does Natational Geographic really say "we publish pictures, not excuses" when you're on deadline? Also, if an amazingly talented travel photographer wanted to working with NatGeo travel, what would you recommend as a first step?

Never heard the excuses line from my bosses- it's just about doing the best work you can in the field.

National Geographic Employees

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Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

44.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

54.6%

Black or African American

17.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.6%

French

15.0%

Italian

7.2%

German

6.5%

Chinese

5.2%

Portuguese

4.6%

Arabic

3.9%

Mandarin

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Hawaiian

1.3%

Swedish

0.7%

Marathi

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Sanskrit

0.7%
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National Geographic Careers

Average Length of Employment
Chicago Sun-Times 5.4 years
The Boston Globe 4.7 years
Rodale Inc 4.3 years
Gannett 4.0 years
Schawk 3.9 years
Meredith 3.7 years
Playboy 3.6 years

National Geographic

3.0 years
Cond Nast 3.0 years
Scholastic 2.9 years
Hearst 2.7 years
WWE 2.5 years
PBS 2.4 years
TechTarget 2.3 years
NBCUniversal 2.1 years
Lonely Planet 2.1 years
Top Employers Before National Geographic
Discovery 20.9%
CNN 6.7%
Verizon 4.3%
ESPN Inc 3.7%
CBS 3.1%
Viacom 3.1%
IMPACT 3.1%
Apple 3.1%
Cleo's 3.1%
Top Employers After National Geographic
Discovery 14.5%
Comcast 4.6%
World Bank 4.0%
CNN 4.0%
CBS 3.5%
Bloomberg 3.5%
Macy's 3.5%
AARP 3.5%
George's 3.5%

National Geographic Employees Education

Schools

American University

13.8%

George Washington University

12.2%

George Mason University

9.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.7%

Syracuse University

6.3%

Georgetown University

6.3%

New York University

5.1%

Howard University

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.9%

James Madison University

3.1%

Johns Hopkins University

3.1%

Villanova University

2.8%

Full Sail University

2.8%

Towson University

2.8%

Catholic University of America

2.8%

Fordham University

2.4%

Tufts University

2.4%

Boston University

2.4%

University of California - Berkeley

2.0%
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Majors

Communication

15.1%

Photography

13.8%

Business

8.8%

Journalism

7.9%

English

6.8%

Geography

6.3%

Marketing

5.3%

Graphic Design

5.0%

Writing

4.1%

Political Science

3.5%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Accounting

2.8%

Computer Science

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Anthropology

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Public Relations

2.0%

History

2.0%

Digital Media

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.1%

Masters

27.7%

Other

12.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.1%
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National Geographic Employee Political Affiliation

Democratic Party

91.6%

Republican Party

7.2%

Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party

1.2%

Employee Political Donations

Name Job Title Party Donation
Dennis PatrickChairperson $11,400Republican Party
Heather MoranExecutive Vice President $11,100Democratic Party
Terrence AdamsonExecutive $6,000Democratic Party
Wendy RockefellerPublisher $6,000Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Jonathan YoungExecutive $4,100Democratic Party
Eleanor GrantProducer $4,002Democratic Party
Laura NicholsCCO $3,700Democratic Party
Elizabeth HudsonExecutive $3,150Democratic Party
John Fahey JrPresident/Chief Executive Officer $3,000Democratic Party
Skye ReplogleExecutive Director $2,700Republican Party
Enric SalaExplorer $2,500Democratic Party
Lynn CutterExecutive Vice President $1,750Democratic Party
Kara DowdMarketing $1,500Democratic Party
Betty HudsonExecutive $1,375Democratic Party
Terry GarciaExecutive Vice President $1,000Democratic Party
Monica MedinaAttorney $1,000Democratic Party
David SchachtVice President $1,000Democratic Party
Kathie TeterVice President, Communications $1,000Democratic Party
Alexis SiggersTelevision Producer $1,000Democratic Party
Sylvia EarleOceanographer $1,000Democratic Party
Eleanor SmalleyConsultant $1,000Democratic Party
Wendy RockerfellerGeneral Manager $1,000Democratic Party
Mary CutterExecutive Vice President $1,000Democratic Party
John GriffinVice President $1,000Democratic Party
Michelle SullivanDigital Media Strategist $775Democratic Party
Stephen YeagoComputer Programmer $750Democratic Party
Jenifer BermanMarketing Executive $750Democratic Party
John Van HaelewynFund Raiser $750Democratic Party
Rebecca LescazeEditor $631Democratic Party
Nikki LowryDirector $600Democratic Party
Tom PuckettApplication Software Developer $550Democratic Party
BRI BertoiaPhoto Editor $525Democratic Party
Richard HuffmanSenior Web Engineer $500Democratic Party
Deborah WalshMarketing Director $500Republican Party
Stefania MartorelliWeb Editor $500Democratic Party
Chad SandhasVice President, Talent $500Democratic Party
Carolyn BernsteinExecutive $500Democratic Party
Declan MoorePresident $500Republican Party
Judith BellEditor $500Democratic Party
Boyd MatsonJournalist $500Democratic Party
TIM KellyExecutive $500Democratic Party
Eric JanotaCartographer $500Democratic Party
William ReichertsProduction Manager $500Republican Party
Paul DurbinVice President Research $500Democratic Party
Diana JaksicPublishing $435Democratic Party
Nicole BurtComputer Technician $414Democratic Party
Susan HitchcockEditor $375Democratic Party
Rachel SheaWriter $350Democratic Party
Stephen MeffordProduct Management Director $350Democratic Party
John SeeleyCirculation Director $350Democratic Party
Alice KeatingTalent Managment $325Democratic Party
Mary FeinbergManager $300Democratic Party
Sara WhiteSystems Manager $300Democratic Party
Robert KhanAccountant $258Democratic Party
Madeleine CarterExecutive Producer $250Democratic Party
Erika SeberhagenPost-Production Supervisor $250Democratic Party
Howard OwensPresident $250Democratic Party
Cathy NewmanSenior Writer $250Democratic Party
Jennifer SmithVice President Of Programming $250Democratic Party
Barbara PaulsenStory Editor $250Democratic Party
Susan PoultonVice President $250Democratic Party
Eileen LURetired $250Democratic Party
Steven FraserEngineer $250Republican Party
Nhuong NguyenInformation Technology Director $250Democratic Party
Peter McBridePhotographer $250Democratic Party
Lorin LetendreMarketing Director $225Democratic Party
Julie Gerdes BecnelMarketing Director $225Democratic Party
Mark ViolaPublishing $204Democratic Party
Dorothy CarnsRetired $200Democratic Party
Robert PalumboExecutive Producer $200Democratic Party
James HardenFinance $200Democratic Party
Suzanne MacKayMarketer $200Democratic Party
Clarence BabcockRetail Merchandiser $160Democratic Party
Mary FordManager $132Democratic Party
Alexandria InchaustiAssistant Managing Editor $113Democratic Party
Gina CicotelloBusiness Analyst $111Democratic Party
Hannah ChismarSupervisor, Production, Managing $100Democratic Party
Matthew SchaeferArchivist $85Democratic Party
Paulina VacaResearcher $75Democratic Party
Jamie JenningsTelevision $50Democratic Party
Peter BergTelevision Producer $27Democratic Party
Allison DavisBrand Manager $27Democratic Party
Yvonne BennettAttorney $25Democratic Party
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National Geographic Salaries

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Senior Software EngineerWashington, DC $140,000
Senior EngineerWashington, DC $140,000
AdministratorWashington, DC $127,000
Public Affairs ManagerWashington, DC $107,800
DeveloperWashington, DC $100,000
Director, Global Marketing CommunicationsWashington, DC $100,000
Director, Global Marketing CommunicationsWashington, DC $100,000
Director, Global Marketing CommunicationsWashington, DC $95,000
Audit ManagerWashington, DC $92,708
AuditorWashington, DC $70,900
Audit ManagerWashington, DC $70,900
AuditorWashington, DC $70,900
StatisticianWashington, DC $61,700
Photo EditorWashington, DC $50,000
Graphics EditorWashington, DC $45,000

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Revenue

$100M - $1B

Net Income

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Total Equity

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Frequently Asked Questions about National Geographic

When was National Geographic founded?

National Geographic was founded in 1888.

How many Employees does National Geographic have?

National Geographic has between 1,000 and 10,000 employees.

How much money does National Geographic make?

National Geographic generates between $100 million and $1 billion in revenue.

What industry is National Geographic in?

National Geographic is in the media industry.

What type of company is National Geographic?

National Geographic is a nonprofit company.

Who are National Geographic's competitors?

National Geographic competitors include Lonely Planet, Cond Nast, PBS, NBCUniversal, TechTarget, Advanstar Communications, Rodale Inc, Hearst, Gannett, The Boston Globe, Meredith, 101 5 WORD FM, Scholastic, Forbes, WWE, Chicago Sun-Times, Univision Network LP, Playboy, Schawk , Major League Gaming Inc.

Where is National Geographic's headquarters?

National Geographic's headquarters is in Washington, DC.

What is National Geographic's website?

You can find the National Geographic website at nationalgeographic.com.

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