Geographic Information Systems

Geographic information specialists create maps that combine layers of information used for a wide range of purposes. You’ll learn to use the latest geospatial technology and build expertise in computer-based data collection, storage, analysis, and more. Your degree lets you enter the GIS profession directly or transfer to a four-year institution.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.

    Hourly Wage: $43.33

    Currently Employed: 280

    Projections:

    280 people are employed as Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists. This number is expected to increase by 5.36% over the next four years.

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  • Apply remote sensing technologies to assist scientists in areas such as natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security. May prepare flight plans or sensor configurations for flight trips.

    Hourly Wage: $17.17

    Currently Employed: 979

    Projections:

    979 people are employed as Remote Sensing Technicians. This number is expected to increase by 5.52% over the next four years.

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  • Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.

    Hourly Wage: $41.55

    Currently Employed: 1899

    Projections:

    1899 people are employed as Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists. This number is expected to increase by 7.06% over the next four years.

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  • Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

    Hourly Wage: $41.55

    Currently Employed: 1899

    Projections:

    1899 people are employed as Geographic Information Systems Technicians. This number is expected to increase by 7.06% over the next four years.

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  • Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.

    Hourly Wage: $22.3

    Currently Employed: 254

    Projections:

    254 people are employed as Geophysical Data Technicians. This number is expected to increase by 7.48% over the next four years.

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  • Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.

    Hourly Wage: $19.02

    Currently Employed: 1067

    Projections:

    1067 people are employed as Mapping Technicians. This number is expected to increase by 2.16% over the next four years.

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