Geographic Information Science (Certificate)

Geographic information science, also known as GIS, is the study of the earth and all that happens on it using modern information technologies. GIS is one of the fastest-growing parts of the economy and employment possibilities can be found across the private sector as well as in many government agencies. 

Career Opportunities

The GIS Certificate complements other degrees, preparing graduates to be skilled users of GIS, able to apply their skills to careers in the area of their major.  Students in many areas gain a career advantage with the GIS certificate:  Geography, urban planning, life science, geology, anthropology and more.

Program and Enrollment Requirements

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Geographic information science is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy, and employment possibilities can be found across the private sector as well as in many government agencies.

The geographic information science undergraduate certificate program pairs the practical skill of geographic information science with the conceptual knowledge of geographical problem-solving and of spatial thinking.

Degree Offered

Geographic Information Science (Certificate)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Financial Aid
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Career Outlook

Students who pair this geographic information science certificate with their degree program have added to their knowledge and abilities highly desirable skills in statistics, computer programming, analysis and problem-solving. Application of these skills can be used in local, state and national governments, utilities, health organizations, nonprofits, real estate, retail and many others.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 4.5%$68,380
Environmental Restoration Planners 7.8%$73,230
Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians 5.7%$92,870
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary2.9%$82,330
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 4.9%$93,580
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists -3%$107,210

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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