What do GIS professionals do?
- ESRI's Careers in GIS videos: Here are videos that illustrate the role GIS plays in a wide variety of careers, from Climate Scientist to Conservationist to App Developer (more videos here)
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment outlook, pay, preparation, related careers and more
- GIS Jobs: Current Industry Expectations: 2019 survey of preferred education, skills and experience for common GIS job titles
- URISA's GIS Salary Survey: Summarizes a 2017 survey of 3,600 GIS professionals; with additional information about training, skills, and workplaces
- American Geosciences Institute Career Compass - Infographic with tips, suggestions and strategies for how to obtain critical skills, experiences and competencies
- ASU's Career and Professional Development Services - Explore your interests, get advice on all aspects of building a career and searching for a job or internship
Meet our GIS alumni
“The best part of my job is that I get to be as creative as I want when creating my maps and my applications.”
Madison Halvorson, Enterprise GIS Solutions Analyst, City of San Antonio
BS GIS and BS Planning, 2018
“Whatever your background is, GIS is applicable.”
George Green, Program Manager, Esri
Esri, developers of ArcGIS and related mapping and analytical software, regularly recruits from ASU’s MAS-GIS program, and there’s a cohort of ASU alums at the company’s headquarters in Redlands, CA. George Green began for his first position at Esri even before he completed his Master’s degree, and after two years was promoted to a program manager position within the company. Describing his MAS-GIS professors and the classroom environment, Green said, “They brought experience to the room, and everyone was excited about what they are doing.”
“What I love about my job is that I get to utilize my GIS skills every day while also learning about how the power grid works. I’ve always been interested in energy and electricity and GIS has been the gateway for me to become a part of that industry.”
McKenzie Murphree, GIS Mapping Specialist, Arizona Public Service
BS GIS 2018
In her second year at ASU, McKenzie Murphree began a role as a GIS/Mapping Intern at a Phoenix-area renewable energy firm. This provided an excellent skill set for her current position as a mapper at APS, where she uses engineering drawings, county assessor maps, and survey notes to update and maintain the utility’s GIS database. Designers and engineers utilize the GIS team’s maps not only as a location tool but even more importantly, for the attributes associated with the features – from line voltages to conduit sizes – a key resource for them to figure out how to design the next project in that area.
“I wanted to challenge myself, expand my knowledge in the industry and make myself more marketable upon graduation. The MAS-GIS program provided an opportunity to do so.”
Lucy Aubrecht, Technology Specialist (Aviation), Michael Baker International
BS Geography (Meteorology/Climatology), MAS-GIS 2014
Lucy Aubrecht became interested in GIS while working towards her undergraduate degree in meteorology. Choosing to carry out an MAS-GIS degree, she knew she’d like to work in the Pittsburgh area, so focused her MAS-GIS capstone project on developing a flash flood potential index within the area covered by the Pittsburgh National Weather Service. Now several years into work with a nationwide consulting company, she’s continuing to learn, utilizing both GIS and AutoCAD Design in the aviation field.