Geospatial Technology

Students who are creative, organized, approach problems logically, and interested in geography or satellite communications, hardware and/or software, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in Geospatial Technology.

The Geospatial Technology program is a one (1) year program providing experiences pertaining to the study of geographic information systems (GIS), global position systems (GPS), remote sensing (RS), digital image processing simulator (DIPS), automated cartography (Auto-Carto), land surveying (LS), and navigation. The learned technologies allow students to explore and analyze the natural and human-made world, from local to global and beyond. Students will use various tools, processes and techniques to create, store, access, manipulate, and revise date to solve human challenges.

The course offers students the opportunity to earn four (4) hours of dual-credit toward a Certificate of Career Studies in Land Surveying or an Associate’s Degree with the Virginia Community College System.

Occupations: Civil Engineer, Surveying Technician, Surveyor, Mapping Technician, Cartographer, Software Developer/Engineer, Product Developer, GIS Service Technician, GIS Technical Support Specialist, GIS Instruction Designer, Urban and Regional Planner1

Typical Salary: $54,000 -$143,000 depending on education level and specialization

Employment: Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Recent advancements in mapping technology have led to new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps.3    

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