Enjoy a Data-Centric Career with Real-World Impact
Best Engineering Job — Cartographer2
Best Science Job — Geographer3

Because GISc applies data science and technical skills to real-world opportunities and challenges, the career options for graduates of Kent State University’s online Master of Geographic Information Science (M

GISc) and GISc graduate certificate programs are diverse and plentiful.

Depending on your interests, you can find lucrative and satisfying roles in urban planning, real estate, public health, insurance, agriculture, disaster relief, sustainability, climate change or other environment-related fields.

GISc professionals make important contributions to efforts to manage and mitigate the effects of human-induced climate change, with growth in this area contributing to the increasing number of GISc jobs. O*NET OnLine, the U.S. Department of Labor’s jobs database, predicts faster than average growth of 8-10% in jobs for geographic information systems technologists and technicians through 2031.1

Expand Your Career Horizons with Kent State

In Kent’s GISc graduate programs, you’ll learn from professors with diverse professional backgrounds who have won awards from NASA and grants from NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Our faculty will expand your knowledge and viewpoints, challenging your understanding of how GISc functions across different sectors and allowing you to develop the confidence to make solid, well-informed decisions as you further your own career.

Average post-graduation salaries for key Master of GISc roles:

Because master’s degree holders nationally earn average salaries 16% higher than those with only a bachelor’s degree,4 a Master of Geographic Information Science degree could help you reach salary outcomes at or above these figures.

Senior Geomatics Software Engineer5
Survey Manager6
Senior CAD Designer7
Senior GIS analyst9
LiDar Analyst11
GIS Software Engineer12
  • Technology
  • Risk management and finance
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Government
  • Nonprofit and non-governmental organizations
  • Consulting
  • Educational services
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech
  • Transportation services
  • Petroleum and energy
GISc Professionals at Work
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Predictive Flood Mapping with the USGS
GISc professionals are making critical contributions to our ability to understand and respond to extreme weather events. In March 2023, a study based on data from satellites in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, reported a sharp increase in the intensity of extreme drought and rainfall over the last 20 years.13

Fortunately, satellites and other geographic information systems technologies can help protect people from some of the worst effects of extreme weather. A 2004 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publication explained that flood maps predicting the depth and flow of flood waters over wide areas can be built from LiDar data combined in a computer model and drawn with a GIS system.14

In 2020, the USGS unveiled its National Water Dashboard a live resource for monitoring various data points related to environmental water. The National Water Dashboard combines data from the National Weather Service and the National Integrated Drought Information System with mapping technologies to potentially help members of the general public, as well as emergency management services professionals, monitor and respond to extreme drought and rainfall events.
aquaponics lab
More Food, Lower Costs and Less Pollution from Farms
You can use your graduate degree in Geographic Information Science to help meet global needs for nutrition while lessening the environmental cost of food production.

A World Economic Forum (WEF) report published in 2018 noted that food systems are currently responsible for “20-30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, 70% of freshwater withdrawals and 70% of biodiversity loss.”

The WEF predicted that precision agriculture, using remote sensing technology as part of a larger technology initiative, could have a dramatic impact by 2030. Specifically, the report predicted savings of up to 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide, 180 billion cubic meters of water and $100 billion in production costs. All of that while producing up to 300 metric tons more crops on the same land.15
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Geographic information science (GISc) is a broadly applicable degree that can be used in many fields around the world, including healthcare, climatology, urban development, national parks and more.1 Working in GISc could take you to places as different as a laboratory or the deep wilderness. For example, you might use the skills you have learned to protect the environment, study volcanic activity in other areas of the world, or support the homeless population in your city.2 If you have an analytical mind and are good at visualizing information, you can use GISc technology to tell stories that help others and better understand and serve the world around you in countless different ways.