Geospatial technology has been identified as a high-growth area by the U.S. Department of Labor. O*Net identifies six occupations under the geospatial industry sector in their new and emerging occupations list of 2009. Much of this growth is within UMW’s region. In fact, almost 15 percent of all geospatial jobs advertised across the nation in February 2012 were in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

GIS graduates will be prepared to succeed in careers such as:

  • Geospatial intelligence: crime analysis, disaster management, emergency preparedness, and crisis management
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Architecture, engineering
  • Technical consulting and GIS analysis
  • Environmental resource management: environmental science, scientific research, and health specialties
  • Federal, regional, or local government
  • GIS management
  • Cartography and geovisualization: surveying, cartography, photogrammetry, and mapping

 “The work that the EGPSC [Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center of the U.S. Department of the Interior] does would be difficult to accomplish without the support of staff trained in geospatial technologies. We have been very pleased with the relationship that we have developed with UMW’s Geography Department over the past 16 years. This program [Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis] will provide students with the necessary skills to fulfill the growing needs of a variety of geospatial science positions within the Federal Government, including those here within the EGPSC.”

–Peter G. Chirico, Research Geographer