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Geospatial Technology

What is GIS? (Geographic Information Systems)

Map a pathway to opportunity with the skills employers need in the high-tech field of geographic information technology. GIS uses specialized computer systems to collect and define data and patterns to predict local and global trends that affect our society and the world around us. GIS is a powerful tool; it creates efficiency, improves decision-making, manages complex data and solves problems in real time.

What do GIS specialists do?

GIS specialists engage in a wide range of duties. They:

  • gather, analyze and process data through field observations, maps, photographs and satellite imagery;
  • conduct research via surveys, interviews and focus groups;
  • create and modify maps or other visual representations of geographic data;
  • collect, analyze and display geographic data with geographic information systems;
  • write reports and present findings creatively and visually; and
  • assist, advise or lead others in using GIS and geographic data.

Career Pathways

Some of the career pathways and fields include:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture and construction
  • Arts and communication
  • Business and finance
  • Education and training
  • Government and public administration
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Information technology
  • Public safety and security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science and engineering
  • Transportation and logistics

How Much Can You Make?

Geospatial technologies impact nearly all major job sectors and the total market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent. The job market for GIS is expected to grow at a rate of 20 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • GIS specialists in Texas earn an average salary of $46,900 per year or more according to
  • Average GIS specialist salary in the U.S. is $55,892 per year according to
  • Entry-level to mid-level GIS technicians, specialists and analysts earn $40,000-$60,000 per year.

Our Award-winning Program

The Brookhaven College GIS program has received several awards since its inception, including:

  • National Science Foundation grant
  • Special Achievement Award in GIS (Esri, Environmental Systems Research Institute, 2013)
  • Outstanding Achievement Professional GIS Organization (PUG, Petroleum Users Group, 2015)
  • President's Award for Distinguished Contribution (SCAUG, South-Central ARC Users Group, 2011)