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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Geographic Information Systems

Much more than maps, GIS is a window to the world

Geographic information specialists create maps that combine layers of information used for a range of purposes, such as finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, or searching for patterns in crime reports. Austin Community College’s Geographic Information Systems Program provides the knowledge and skills needed to enter into the GIS profession or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

Skills You Gain

GIS students build expertise in computer-based data collection, input, storage, analysis, and cartographic technology. Students get hands-on instruction in the latest geospatial programming and Web-based applications. By overlaying different information, GIS can answer complex questions such as how many houses will be affected by a flood, whether there is a relationship between residential crime and proximity to a highway, or how a new commercial development will affect endangered species. GIS specialists work in a variety of settings, including natural resource management, marketing, tax appraisal districts, law enforcement, land use and planning, geology, education, epidemiology, healthcare, government, archeology, and petroleum exploration.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
43.33 Hourly Wage 275 Currently Employed
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.
275 Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.82 % over the next four years.
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Remote Sensing Technicians
17.17 Hourly Wage 960 Currently Employed
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.
960 Remote Sensing Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.15 % over the next four years.
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Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
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.
1849 Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Geographic Information Systems Technicians
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
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.
1849 Geographic Information Systems Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Geophysical Data Technicians
22.3 Hourly Wage 246 Currently Employed
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.
246 Geophysical Data Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.94 % over the next four years.
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Mapping Technicians
19.02 Hourly Wage 1057 Currently Employed
Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.
1057 Mapping Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 2.46 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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