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The Many Applications of GIS

The Many Applications of GIS

While maps and cartography was once limited to a handful of uses, geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic science spans nearly every field. GIS, which uses the science of geography plus many types of data to reveal insights and patterns that help people make better decisions, is used in everything from urban planning and environmental conservation to healthcare and marketing. While GIS roles used to focus on tasks like data collection and basic analysis, the future of this growing field is multi-disciplinary. This new approach, plus the broad reach of GIS, means the global GIS market will reach a projected $17.5 billion by 2023. Are you interested in a career in GIS? Check out our infographic below to learn more modern uses of GIS plus common career paths in this indispensable field.

Geographic Information Science Applications

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