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​Why Study GIS?

The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes geotechnology as one of the three most progressive professions today, alongside nanotechnology and biotechnology.  Over 500,000 professionals in fields ranging from environmental engineer to retail trade analysis are asked to use GIS in their jobs.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics show that surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists (a subset of GIS occupations) are experiencing faster than average employment growth - anticipating growth at 19 percent between 2008 and 2018.


Money Magazine and Payscale.com listed geographic information system analyst in its list of the "Top 100 Best Jobs in America" in 2010.  The 2011 list of the "Best Jobs in Fast-Growth Fields" includes various careers that utilize GIS.