What Is Geographic Information Science and Technology?

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An eroding bluff on the US Great Plains reveals a buried, carbon-rich layer of fossil soil. A team of researchers led by UW-Madison Assistant Professor of geography Erika Marin-Spiotta has found that buried fossil soils contain significant amounts of carbon and could contribute to climate change as the carbon is released through human activities such as mining, agriculutre and deforestation. Credit: Jospeh Mason
An eroding bluff on the US Great Plains reveals a buried, carbon-rich layer of fossil soil. A team of researchers led by UW-Madison Assistant Professor of geography Erika Marin-Spiotta has found that buried fossil soils contain significant amounts of carbon and could contribute to climate change as the carbon is released through human activities such as mining, agriculutre and deforestation. Credit: Jospeh Mason

LOS ANGELES – Geographic information science and technology, commonly known as GIST, is an exciting field to study and can open a number of different career paths for graduates. The potential career choices of a GIST graduate range from working with non-profit organizations to help them meet their environmental obligations, to paid work in industry or government advising on how best to proceed with various projects.

Geographic information technology is considered to be one of the high growth industries by the United States Department of Labor and it is therefore unsurprising that it continues to attract more and more students every year. This rise in popularity can be partly attributed to the rise of the online GIST degree, making the subjects more accessible to more people than ever before. The infographic below highlights just some of the reasons why geographic information science is an excellent field to study for those who want to keep their future career prospects open.

What Is Geographic Information Science and Technology?

The Common Career Paths for the Student of Geographic Information Science and Technology infographic was produced and used with the permission of the University of Southern California

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