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Geographic Information Systems Technician

  •  Estimated Cost: $2,344

    Program Length: 1 semester(s)

    Locations: Online

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring

    Awards Offered: Cert

    Program Description

    Are you able to approach problems and communicate solutions effectively? Our Geographic Information Systems Technician program prepares you to model problems geographically and derive results by computer processing, analyzing and interpreting patterns in data using GIS hardware and software.

    Our flexible, online certificate program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage Geospatial Technology Information projects and to interpret and implement GIS as a decision support system. GIS is applicable to many industries and occupations, including, but not limited to, agriculture, public safety (fire, rescue and police), public health, transportation, facilities, land and utilities planning, and management.

    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.

    Geographic Information Systems technicians interpret and analyze data, create layers of information for maps and help people make smarter decisions. You work with digital data, manage geodatabases, and design and analyze data using GIS hardware and software applications. A GIS technician may also set up and maintain GIS databases or websites, create maps and models for application of data, and provide technical support to users or clients. You will be successful as a GIS technician if you:

    • have excellent problem-solving skills
    • are able to communicate solutions effectively with a variety of people
    • are precise and accurate in your work
    • have good written and oral communication skills
    • are flexible enough to work in groups or independently
    • enjoy working in a field that is always changing

    You can start the Geographic Information Systems Technician program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

    1. Complete an application for admission.
    2. Submit official high school transcripts, GED® scores, and/or other college transcripts.
    3. Check with an advisor to determine if you need to take the COMPASS assessment test. This requirement may be waived if you have a sufficiently high and recent ACT scores or have successfully completed necessary college-level prerequisite courses.
    4. You must complete the regular SCC admission requirements and prerequisite courses with a “C” or higher to continue in the Geographic Information Systems Technician program.

    Geographic Information Systems careers are available in almost every field, including government, commercial, educational and private organizations. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $40,664. Career options in Geographic Information Systems include:

    • GIS Technician
    • Cartographic Technician
    • GIS Support Analyst
    • GIS Specialist
    • GIS Manager
    SCC is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution. As a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution, we are unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following states/areas: California and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

    David Zachek, Program Director
    800-642-4075 ext. 2651

    Katrina Patton, Instructor
    800-642-4075, ext. 2262


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