About this Program
Geographic information systems (GIS) combine the age-old science of cartography with powerful spatial database technologies to model the real world, perform data analytics and inform decision-making processes. These systems have countless applications in private industries, government agencies and academia, and are continually being used in new ways to change our understanding of the world around us.
In this certificate program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about GIS and the diverse workplace applications for these systems. We’ll examine the range of information sources that can be combined to build a GIS database, including raw data, scanned maps, GPS positions, aerial photography and other imagery. You’ll learn how these systems are used to support research and business activities in a variety of fields, including land-use planning, transportation, environmental sciences, social sciences and disaster preparedness.
Professionals who use GIS in their current role and those interested in entering the field.
Instructor Harvey Arnone discusses the many uses of GIS, curriculum highlights and how the program can prepare you for a successful career.
Play what you'll learn
Techniques for designing, creating and working with different types of spatial data and databases
How to derive, interpret and present results from spatial analyses
Important aspects of GIS project design, implementation and management
Ways to incorporate imagery, remote sensing data, 3D spatial data and field data into GIS projects and analysis
How to create effective web maps and applications
Get Hands-On Experience
You’ll develop and implement a range of GIS data applications and mapping products using Esri’s GIS software platform, including ArcGIS Pro, mobile applications, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise (free license for software provided via the UW for the duration of the program).
Alumni working in field
Apple, Amazon, Jacobs, REI, Tetra Tech, various government agencies
Projected job growth for GIS technologists in Washington state (2018-2028)
Average salary for GIS technologists in Washington state (2020)
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