Moraine Valley’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program is designed to prepare students for careers using geospatial technology. GIS integrates computer software and hardware to collect, organize, analyze, and present geographically referenced data. GIS extend into many different fields and are prevalent in both local and federal government agencies in the United States and abroad.

The application of GIS can be found in areas as diverse as disease control, economics, marketing, environmental study, utility management, and crime control and prevention. The U.S. Department of Labor considers GIS a high-growth industry.

Geographic Information Systems Programs

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Geographic Information SystemsA.A.S.1371Computer Integrated Technologies
GIS ProfessionalCertificate1379Computer Integrated Technologies
GIS SpecialistCertificate1372Computer Integrated Technologies
GIS TechnicianCertificate1373Computer Integrated Technologies

Introductory Course

Interested in learning more about the GIS programs and the opportunities they can bring? Enroll in GIS-101, Orientation to GIS Careers. This one-credit-hour class provides an overview of GIS professions, employment skills, industry certifications, current issues, salaries, and a self-assessment survey. You’ll also create a plan for the GIS program of your choice.

Job Outlook

Careers in GIS include geographers, mapping specialists, GIS analysts and many more. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for the latest information about the nature of the work, education and training requirements, advancement opportunities, employment, salary, and ten-year job outlook.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at bales@morainevalley.edu or (708) 974-5401.