GIS Careers

Get started in GIS

There’s no since way to do it! But following at least some of the steps below will get you on your way

Step 1: Pursue the ‘GIS and Spatial Analysis’ Concentration

  • ES312: Environmental Applications of GIS (alternate years, in fall)
  • ES 363: Remote Sensing (alternate years, in fall)
  • A statistics course (BIO 260 is recommended but any stats course will do)

Step 2: Learn a little coding

  • Take Computer Science 111 or equivalent.
  • Teach yourself a little Python, then do a project with it. Python is a general purpose programming language. It allows you to create tools and automate tasks in ArcGIS and other programs.

Step 3: Do a research project to hone your GIS skills

  • It could be as small as a class project or as big as a year-long honors thesis.
  • REU Summer Programs are a great option. Search for the word “GIS”.

Step 4: Get a job or internship where you can hone your GIS skills

Step 5: Cultivate soft skills

Note: GIS graduate programs and GIS certificate programs are not always worth your time and money! With careful planning and course selection you should be able to get comparable experience as an undergrad.