Geographic Information Systems Technician

Technology Careers

About the Career

Traditional land surveyors are involved in property surveys, establishing boundaries, preparing land descriptions for deeds, leases, and other legal documents, site layout, managing survey parties, and sometimes providing expert testimony in court. Surveying technicians assist land surveyors in the operational survey, collect field information, and perform computations and computer-aided drafting in offices.

New technology is rapidly changing the work of surveyors and surveying technicians. Surveyors are increasingly using the Global Positioning System (GPS), a system for determining location through the use of satellites. The growing widespread use of geographic information systems is also rapidly expanding the use of data from GPS and surveying operations as an integrative technology. Land surveying, GIS and GPS, when considered as a whole, are commonly referred to in the field as geomatics.

Jobs in the geographic information field exist at many engineering and architectural firms, mapping agencies, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, utilities, construction firms, and mining and oil extraction companies. New technologies, such as GPS and GIS, will substantially enhance job opportunities in the growing geomatics field.


Academic Programs

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate prepares students for employment as entry level GIS technicians.

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Geomatics

The Geomatics certificate is a two-semester program that addresses the fundamentals of land surveying and geomatics (modern surveying practice with the application of the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

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Projected Job Growth

+2.7%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$73,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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