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Careers in GIS

Don’t be surprised if the job offers start rolling in when you graduate. Many public and private organizations use geographic information processing and mapping systems worldwide, and college graduates with these skills are in great demand.

Geographic information systems (GIS) has become a multibillion-dollar industry, employing people worldwide, so you will probably have no problem finding an exciting career. 

In our program, you will gain statistical and geographic analysis skills, which distinguishes GIS from other information systems and makes it valuable to a wide range of public and private enterprises for explaining events, predicting outcomes, and planning strategies.

Cartographers have more data to work with than ever before. Data is now gathered from ground surveys with laser precision and from satellites 600 miles above the Earth. This digital revolution in cartography has created a demand for professionals with the appropriate geographical and technological training.

Remote sensing may be broadly defined as the collection of information about an object without being in physical contact with that object. Aircraft and satellites are the common platforms from which remote sensing observations are made. These observations are usually presented in the form of a photograph or a digital format suitable for viewing on a computer.

With this new wave of technology, you may find yourself in a variety of jobs, including natural resource and agricultural land manager, infrastructure manager and environmental engineer, and environmental planner.
Department of Geography
Cooper Life Science Building
Room CL 425
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-1776
Fax: 765-285-2351