Careers in GIS

Careers in GIS

Career In
Geographical Information Systems

Develop Your Skills

Functional Skills

Interpret and apply scientific principles, relevant legislation, policies and guidelines to environmental, corporate and industrial resource management practices.

Observe and measure the use of earth resources through time to understand changing environments.

Understand the principles of resource management and the impact of development/tourism on the environment.

Gain an understanding of techniques related to conservation and effective land management, and plan for the optimal use of space and environment.

Apply technical skills (cartography and GIS) as well as field and laboratory techniques to interpret and use relevant scientific information/data in planning and development.

Problem Solving Skills

Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.

Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.

Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.

Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.

Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Communication Skills

Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.

Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Gain experience tailoring key messages to a variety of audiences.

Collaborative/Teamwork Skills

Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.

Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Gain experience tailoring key messages to a variety of audiences

Career Opportunities

Sample Careers

  • cartographer
  • census geographer/demographer
  • community development/fundraiser
  • ecologist
  • economic development planner
  • environmental planner
  • field technician
  • forestry/park ranger
  • geological lab assistant
  • GIS specialist
  • industrial consultant
  • land use planner/surveyor
  • map analyst
  • market research analyst
  • natural resources officer
  • public policy analyst
  • recreational program coordinator
  • resource conservation
  • specialist surveyor/mapping specialist
  • sustainability officer
  • teacher/professor
  • tourism consultant
  • TV/news science
  • reporter urban planner water
  • resource specialist.

Sample Industries

  • agricultural companies
  • civil engineering firms
  • educational institutions
  • environmental consultants
  • environmental protection firms
  • geographic consulting firms
  • geological surveyors government
  • heritage/historic sites
  • international development agencies
  • mining/resource companies
  • parks/recreation departments
  • pollution control companies
  • real estate/construction
  • resource management organizations
  • science magazines/TV shows
  • transportation companies
  • travel/tourism industry
  • urban/regional planning firms waste
  • disposal companies