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Thousands of organizations in hundreds of industries are looking for individuals with formal training and practical experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS.)

GIS careers typically include positions such as cartographers, GIS technicians and application programmers.

Employment Trends

GIS Specialists are part of the Cartographer / Photogrammetrist occupational group. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of this occupational group is expected to continue to increase. For details, view the Occupational Employment and Wages Outlook (as of May 2014) for Cartographers and Photogrammetrists.

Use of GIS continues to increase as government agencies use the GIS tool for making decisions regarding:

  • Transportation
  • Health services
  • Employment services
  • Welfare services
  • Education
  • Infrastructure

Businesses use the GIS tool for decision-making regarding:

  • Planning
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Location
  • Distribution

The widespread availability and use of advanced technologies such as GPS, GIS and remote sensing will continue to increase both the accuracy and productivity of these workers, resulting in modest overall growth in employment of this occupation. Professionals with strong computer skills will be the most employable.



Updated June 24, 2015


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