Assist scientists in mapping environments using satellite data for natural resources management, urban planning, and homeland security. Many other technology careers incorporate these skills as part of the job. Demand for advanced geospatial skills is very high, thus career opportunities and salaries increase significantly with experience and further education.

A Typical Day

  • Collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Verify integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
  • Integrate remotely sensed data with other geospatial data.
  • Consult with remote sensing scientists, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs. 

Recommended Credentials

Training Certificate or Associate Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Northern Michigan University 

  • GIS Program, Certificate, Bachelor of Science Degree with several minor specialization options 
  • NMU integrates the geomatics courses with computer science, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, and other programs offered at NMU.

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1
  • GIS Program in Sutton's Bay, Elk Rapids, TC West High Schools 
  • Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center, Robotics & Automation 
Pathway 2

Articulation agreements with Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) CTC:

Northwestern Michigan College Engineering Technology

Pathway 3

Northwestern Michigan College, Engineering Technology: BS in Marine Technology (includes application of GIS skills in water environments)


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Compiler
  • Digital Cartographic Technician
  • Geospatial Extractor
  • Meteorologist Liaison

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