GIS Careers

Get started in GIS

There are many paths to success! The following steps will help you on your way to starting a career in GIS.

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

Step 2: Learn a little coding

Step 3: Hone your GIS skills in a project, internship, or job.

  • The ES Opportunities blog and Center for Career Engagement are good places to look for opportunities.
  • Several students have done internships at Adams County GIS.
  • REU Summer Programs are a great option. Search for the word “GIS”.
  • In the spring semester, two students work as Peer Learning Associates (PLAs) for ES230 Intro to GIS.
  • You may be able to use GIS in a project you are doing for another class.

Step 4: 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.