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GIS Program

map of Westfield

What is GIS?

What? Where? Why?

These are the three core questions of geography and GIS means creating intelligent and meaningful maps to answer them. GIS means data visualization and analysis - investigating relationships that exist between variables across space and/or across time. A GIS analysis not always create a map, but uses a wide range of data visualization tools and techniques.

GIS continues to be a growing field with great job and salary opportunities. Many projections from government agencies point toward considerable growth of the geospatial technology industry as well as growth in GIS-related employment sectors and fields. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook Handbook shows a growth rate between 7% and 19% between 2016 and 2026 for some of the traditional fields utilizing GIS such as Geographers, Geoscientists, Cartographers & Photogrammetrists and Mapping Technicians.  With the continued diffusion of geospatial technology across numerous industries, the global GIS market is expected to reach $17.5 billion by 2023

Our GIS Minor and GIS Certificate give you the competence and hands-on experience to successfully use GIS in your future career. You have great GIS choices at Westfield State: you can take a class or two to learn the basics or choose our GIS Minor or GIS Certificate and go big! Our GIS Technology Center in Wilson 202A is always available for your GIS projects.  Check out where some of our students have gone on to work after completing their GIS minor or certificate.  

Interested? 

Contact Dr. Tim LeDoux (GIS Coordinator) or Dr. Carsten Braun (GIS Certificate Director) to discover how GIS can fit into your education and future!

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