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Geographic Information Science (GIS) Careers

Geographic information science and technology stand at the forefront of numerous initiatives and applications. As a result, jobs in GIS are uniquely diverse, and they tend to offer a challenging blend of creative and analytical thinking; the most successful GIS professionals have the technical and analytical acumen to understand complex information and how different sets of information relate to each other, but they can also think forward to how this information can be used to solve a problem.

USC GIST students have pursued careers ranging from analyst roles at “Big 4” accounting firms, environmental preservation organizations, enterprise software companies and government organizations.

2018 USC GIST Student Outcome Survey:
More than one-third of our alumni report salaries of $75,000 or more.

The list below includes salary information for many common GIS job titles. However, the potential career opportunities for professionals with a GIS degree are infinitely expansive and will become even more varied as organizations increasingly leverage spatial data and analytics.

Contact an enrollment advisor if you have questions related to your specific career goals.

(Salary data compiled from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Paysa.com and PayScale from 2017 and 2018)


GIS Data Acquisition and Integration Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Surveyor $61,140
Cartographer/Photogrammetrist $63,990
Geographer $76,860
Geographic Information Systems Technician (Entry-level) $40,908
Senior Geographic Information Systems Technician $62,000

Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Lead Geographic Information Systems Analyst $69,919
Geographic Information Systems Coordinator $55,301
Geospatial Analyst $57,565
Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist $60,782

GIS Software Development Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Geographic Information Systems Software Engineer $70,000
Geographic Information Systems Web Developer $60,903
Senior Software Engineer (Geospatial Mapping Services Industry) $81,095*

*Average salary reported instead of median

GIS Management and Leadership Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Geographic Information Systems Project Manager $72,647
Geographic Information Systems Manager $68,447
Geographic Information Systems Director $95,048

Geospatial Intelligence Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Intelligence Analyst (with GEOINT skill) $71,331*
Geospatial Analyst $57,565
Imagery Analyst $68,341
Senior Intelligence Analyst (with GEOINT skill) $96,418

*Average salary reported instead of median

Geospatial Leadership Careers

Job Title Median Salary
Senior Staff Systems Engineer $138,569*
Intelligence Officer (with GEOINT skill) $90,000
Senior Geospatial Analyst $78,624*

*Average salary reported instead of median

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