Geographic information systems (GIS) is one of the top emerging industries in the 21st century. We live in a digital world. GIS careers exist in virtually every imaginable career field, from environmental science to business and much more.
The GIS Pathways Certificate provides technical training for employees already working in the field, a career and educational pathway for high school students interested in drafting or engineering, and a career and educational pathway for people desiring an entry level, technical position in GIS.
Coursework includes three courses in GIS and one course in surveying. The GIS courses transfer to UO, OSU, and OIT. The GIS courses count as either a Social Science electives or Science with lab electives towards the AAOT.
The required courses for the pathways certificate are included in the one-year certificate for Engineering and Drafting Technician, the two-year AAS program for Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology and the two-year AS program for Surveying and Geomatics. Students completing the drafting pathways certificate may continue with the one-year completion certificate, two-year AAS, or two-year Engineering: University Transfer program (depending on math level), if desired.
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GIS skills overlap into many career fields. It is important to recognize that this certificate can complement or provide pathways to other career opportunities and the technical training provided may increase promotional opportunities for people already employed in the field.
People interested in this career field should be prepared to consider relocating to gain initial experience, as this is a high-demand position in areas with significant development.
There are multiple career pathways for people with GIS backgrounds. Examples of some related careers are available on the Oregon Labor Market Information Website for Surveying Technicians and Civil Engineering Technicians. There is more information about careers in GIS at the ESRI website.
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Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology: AAS
- Engineering and Drafting Technician: One-year Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
- Surveying Pathways Certificate
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
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Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS