Analyze data. Build, modify or maintain GIS databases. Work in custom application development or client application of data. If this sounds exciting, you may want to pursue a career in GIS data analysis.
Love geography, technology, data analysis and complex problem-solving? Graduates working in GIS data analysis are responsible for the following:
Those working in GIS data analysis can expect to earn a median salary of $86,330.
Job opportunities in this field are forecasted to grow at a rate of 4.2% per year over the next ten years.
This occupation is highlighted as a “bright outlook” position because job opportunities are anticipated to rise rapidly in the near future.
GIS data analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree to begin work in this career. Most have a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate. While a master’s degree in computer science or earth science may suffice, the Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree is particularly respected in this field because it provides precisely the knowledge and skill set required for success. If possible, you will want to get an internship to prepare yourself for the job and to gain experience with GIS software.
You will most likely first get a job with the title “technician” or “specialist” and then move up to a job with “analyst” in the title. The following are similar job titles (some of which require more or less education and experience than others):
Students also have access to ePACK, the job and internship repository for NC State students. A few of the more prominent job blogs are highlighted below.
The GIS Jobs Map: Interactive map cataloging GIS positions in the US and several countries.
The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse: Summary of numerous other job sites
Opportunities with Esri: Student Jobs and Internships with Esri
Triangle Area GIS: A job blog for geospatial careers in the Triangle Area of NC
MyGISJobs.com: National Job Blog
Geojobs.biz: Geospatial Career Portal
GIS Jobs: Job blog with resume posting capabilities
URISA Jobs: Job blog hosted by URISA
A master’s degree in GIS is a very powerful degree that opens up career options in several industries. Learn more about GIS careers in the following industries:
Build databases and analzse data to forecast and predict specifications and needs for a wide range of industries. Apply for the Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Technology today to get the knowledge you need for the career you want.