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Geographic Information Systems - FAQs

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MCC-Maple Woods

LV: Victor Meledge-Ade, 816.604.2698
MW: John Horn, 816.604.3132

What is GIS?

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a cutting-edge technology capable of capturing, storing, integrating, analyzing and displaying layers of data from a geographic perspective.

What can I do with this certificate?

This is a professional certificate that opens many doors! GIS professionals are found in government, business, economics, natural resources, conservation, industry, science, infrastructure planning, public works, transportation, social services, criminal justice, military, architecture, marketing, health care, travel, and space. With GIS skills, you can enhance your marketability in any field. GIS also prepares you to complete an A.A. degree or transfer to a four-year institution to complete a GIS degree.

How long does it take to get this certificate?

The GIS certificate is 33-39 credit hours and takes about one year to complete.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

Yes, all general education credits will transfer to most colleges. GIS courses may be accepted as electives in a degree program. A committee of GIS professionals serves as advisors for the program.

How much money can I make?

An average salary in the GIS profession ranges from $20,000 to $80,000 depending on education and experience. There are opportunities for qualified individuals to earn significantly higher salaries.

What is the job outlook for someone in this field?

Job prospects are excellent. There is a demand for GIS professionals in almost every field.

Where can I work?

GIS professionals are employed in government, engineering firms, military establishments, marketing agencies, environmental and health organizations, law enforcement, social-service agencies, private businesses-almost everywhere!

Last Modified: 9/23/19