Analyze. Advise. Design. If this sounds exciting, you may want to pursue a career as a GIS researcher or GIS consultant.
Love geography, technology, data analysis and complex problem-solving? Graduates working in GIS research and consulting are responsible for the following:
Those working in GIS research and consulting 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 10 years.
This occupation is highlighted as a “bright outlook” position because job opportunities are anticipated to rise rapidly in the near future.
Those working as a GIS consultant or a researcher typically have a four-year bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate. You will need years of experience to work as a consultant, so you will probably start with a job as an analyst or technician unless you go directly into research. Many researchers have a doctorate and work for universities before moving into a consultant role.
You will find the following job titles may apply:
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:
Perform research and advise GIS engineers, programmers, managers and program directors. Apply for the Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Technology today to get the knowledge you need for the career you want.