Geographic Information Systems
The Geographic Information Systems Technology program integrate concepts, methods, and tools for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data, including physical, environmental, social, and economic information. An education in this rapidly growing professional and scientific field leads to careers in the public and private sectors as geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, programmers, or technicians, or as cartographers or remote sensing analysts.
GIS technologies are applied to wide-ranging fields with interests in spatially distributed information such as transportation, environmental and resource management, marketing, facility management, healthcare delivery, homeland security, agriculture, and urban planning.
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• Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
• Recent advancements in mapping technology have led to new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps. As a result, surveying and mapping technicians are expected to have more work.
• The digital revolution in mapmaking has created a need to harmonize property maps made the traditional way by making maps based on data fed into a geographic information system (GIS).
• Cities, towns, and counties are finding that the data gathered by surveying and mapping technicians are crucial in implementing systems integration, which is the process of putting onto one map all the information about wires, pipes, and other underground infrastructure. That way, a city, town, or county can upgrade the entire infrastructure under a street at the same time, and thus have all needed construction done as one project. This coordination of all such construction projects results in savings for the local government.
• The median annual wage for Surveying and Mapping Technicians is $39,670.
**According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012. Additional information available at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/surveying-and-mapping-technicians.htm#tab-1
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