Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology

Would you like to get in on a technology that’s expanding at an exponential pace? Learn to combine sophisticated digital information with the analytical skills that will make you indispensable to a wide range of professions.

Geographic information systems (GIS) is one of three major components of a high-tech industry that also includes global positioning and remote sensing technologies. Revenues from geospatial technologies are expected to reach more than $21 billion in the next few years, with solid growth in new jobs. 

GIS technology uses specialized computer systems to get geographic data and integrate it into intelligent “super” maps. The data can then be used to create endless “what if” scenarios, providing a powerful tool for applications including:

  • Cartography (map making)
  • Emergency management
  • Environmental sciences and security
  • Forest and range management
  • Homeland security
  • Medicine and health care
  • Real estate development and appraisal
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Urban planning and development
  • Water resources
  • GIS At-A-Glance


    What Can I Earn?

    These rates are median hourly wages for the following GIS jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
    Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

    All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
    Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

    Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute

    Brookhaven College is the site of the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, built in 1999 through a cooperative partnership between the college, geotechnical professional societies and the local oil and gas community. The facility houses the GIS program and also includes:

    • Continuing education courses for geoscience professionals, plus full-service meeting and conference facilities
    • Training for teachers of grades K-12 on how to use GIS and GPS systems to combine learning, fun and community service, the only source for this certified training in Texas
    • Interactive programs for students with organizations such as the American Association of University Women’s “Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science” and the Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge College Scholarships

    Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

    Applications for geospatial technologies are diverse, impacting nearly all major job sectors. The total market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with commercial applications expanding 100 percent each year, according to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association. Geospatial products and specialists play a major role in homeland security activities providing Information needed to protect infrastructure and create emergency plans.  

    CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 12 percent for surveyors and 16 percent for civil engineering technicians through 2024 in Texas. For those who continue their studies into engineering degrees, high job growth is expected across the industry. Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas's targeted occupations this year projects five separate engineering positions as high growth areas.

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    Degree and Certificate Options in Geographic Information Systems Technology

    Brookhaven College 

    Geographic Information Systems Technology is offered exclusively at Brookhaven College among the colleges of DCCCD. 

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