Careers in GIS

GIS and Geospatial Technologies are relevant in a range of careers paths, including:

  • Environmental resource management (environment scientists, specialists, and health specialists
  • Urban and regional planning (architects, engineers, scientific researchers, managers, technical consultants, local government officials, GIS analysts)
  • Political science
  • Business economics
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law enforcement
  • Defense industry
  • Local government (City employees)
  • Facilities management
  • Transportation planning
  • Surveying and cartography (surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and mapping technicians)
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • Medicine and health care

Do you believe that GIS skills are relevant within your existing job or career? Consider asking your employer to share the cost of your enrollment in the GIS and Geospatial Technology certificate program. We are happy to help you justify this expense to your employer.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows exponential growth projections for geographers between 2010 and 2020 at a 29% increase, and promising outlooks for other GIS occupations as well:

  • Urban and regional planners - 7% increase
  • Surveying and mapping technicians - 16% increase
  • Cartographers and photogrammetrists - 22% increase
  • Survey researchers - 24%
  • GIS technicians - 25% increase
  • Geospatial information scientists and technologists - 25% increase
  • Remote sensing scientists and technologists - 44% increase
  • Precision agriculture technicians - 54% increase

Questions or concerns?

Contact program administrator Dr. Nick Burkhart by phone at (310) 818-3671 or via email at geospatial@ucla.edu.