Computers, Tech & Engineering - Geographic Information Systems
With a Geographic Information Systems degree, you have a wide array of career options post-grad in fields including geography, urban planning, surveying, cartography, engineering, and land development. If you enjoy working with data, maps, and want to help influence the future of land development, a degree in Geographic Information Systems could be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Geographic Information Systems students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) before entering the industry in an entry-level position. Graduate level certificate programs in Geographic Information Systems are also an option at some schools for students who pursue GIS-related fields and desire to enhance their knowledge, resume, and job prospects post-grad.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Geographic Information Systems Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Geographic Information Systems include:
- Urban Planner
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Geographer was $81,540 in 2019 (1) while Urban and Regional Planners earned a median salary of $74,350 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.