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What Can You do With a Graduate Degree in Geographic Information Systems?

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Anyone who has ever tracked down driving directions on the Internet has used a geographical information system. At its simplest level, Geographic Information Science (GIS) can be thought of as high-tech mapping, but the complicated software and the people who work with it are responsible for so much more than simply creating a map. GIS professionals use information about geographical features to assess real-world problems and provide solutions.

GIS uses digital technology to help people work with geographic information. GIS professionals acquire, manage, analyze, visualize, and represent geospatial data, or information related to geographical locations. This relatively new discipline incorporates geography, cartography, spatial analysis, and fields such as geovisualization, geodesy, geocomputation, cognition, and computer science.


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  • GIS technician
  • Cartographic technician
  • GIS specialist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Data Manager
  • GIS Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Engineer III
  • Analyst
  • Renewable Energy Analyst
  • ArchaeologyTechnician
  • Economic ResearchAnalyst
  • Geological Technician
  • Land surveyor
  • Surveying technician
  • Mapping technician
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Technician
  • Programming Lead
  • Project Manager
  • Systems Architect
  • Research Coordinator
  • Systems Security Engineer
  • Mapping Technician
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Natural Resource Technician
  • Petroleum Technician
  • Planning Technician

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  • Raytheon
  • Visa
  • Flight Safety Corp.
  • General Dynamics
  • Jones International
  • US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
  • Agricultural Industries
  • Business Industries
  • City Planning Offices
  • Communications Operations
  • Corporations
  • Environmental Planning Offices
  • Geography Field
  • Geology Field
  • Government Agencies
  • Contractors
  • Health Field
  • Life Sciences Field
  • Mapping Services
  • Archaeology Firms
  • Natural Resource Management Firms
  • Oceanography Field
  • Petroleum Industries
  • Physical Sciences Field
  • Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatch
  • Property Management Firms
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Real Estate Offices
  • Regional Planning Offices
  • Retail Marketing Offices
  • Surveying Services
  • Telecommunications Industries
  • Tourism Industries
  • Transportation Management Offices
  • Utility Operations
  • Agriculture: Crop type mapping, precision farming, soil types
  • Archaeology: Ancient civilization discovery with remote sensing, depositional patterns
  • Architecture and design: Land planning, value-added tabular information
  • Business: Site selection, locational analytics, supply chain
  • Education: Visualizing data, decision support, record keeping
  • Engineering: Infrastructure data maintenance, CAD interoperability
  • Environmental studies: Environmental assessments, climate change analysis, groundwater contamination
  • Family and consumer science: Consumer profiling, data analytics
  • Forestry: Timber management, deforestation analysis, forest resource inventory
  • Human physical performance and recreation: GPS tracking, trail and park planning
  • Media and communication: Communicating stories with maps, targeting advertising campaigns
  • Law and crime: Investigative analysis, in-vehicle mobile mapping, predictive policing
  • Medicine and public safety: Disease mapping, disaster response, public health informatics
  • Military sciences: Locational intelligence, logistics management, spy satellites
  • Public administration: Public communication, urban and regional planning
  • Public policy: Decision support, socio-economic information
  • Real estate: Comparative real-estate analysis, market analysis
  • Social work: Public transportation availability, showing impacts and needs of services
  • Transportation: Optimal route selection, noise modeling, future travel modeling
  • Water resources: Watershed delineation and management, determining flow direction, assessing water quality

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