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Geographic Information Systems Technician

BSC's GIS program offers students the opportunity to enter into one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. Three program options give students flexibility as they learn about cartography, scale, metadata and database management.


On-campus / Online
Geographic Information Systems Technician

Program Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful computer-based software that makes use of spatial and statistical methods to analyze and display geographic information. A GIS user creates maps from databases linked to location analytics. Students learn the basics of geospatial applications used on the job. 


GIS workers typically work on teams and need good communication and interpersonal skills. Other considerations are creative thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity, and aptitude for working with computers.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Certificate of Completion. Students should be aware that they will be required to take some classes online. 

The Certificate of Completion introduces students to GIS applications and computer technology. The certificate indicates proficiency in GIS and is meant to supplement to another course of study.

US Dept of Labor, Veterans Priority

This program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Labor; therefore, veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service over non-covered persons. (20 CFR 1010)

Career Opportunities

GIS proficiency is a skillset employers seek in job applicants today. 

Career possibilities include energy production and distribution, agriculture, science, transportation, engineering, wildlife and natural resources, law enforcement, emergency management, government, social services, archeology, environmental monitoring, city planning, marketing, telecommunications, repair service, retail business, and more. Geospatial knowledge makes students more employable.



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