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Geographic Information Systems

Careers related to digital mapping and land surveys have developed into the fast-growing employment sector of geographic information systems (GIS). The core of GIS is the global positioning system which gives GIS technicians a variety of information allowing them to manipulate data based on a series of "what if" scenarios. Data from demographic information as population statistics, street addresses, phone numbers and land characteristics can be entered into a GIS database and extracted in the form of digital maps to identify land development patterns, market analyses, crime statistics maps, and a host of other digital reports.

Employers including governmental agencies, engineering and design firms, and environmental firms employ professionals with GIS expertise. National projections indicate that need for trained professionals is increasing. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site doesn't provide specific information on GIS technicians, related listings as surveyors, cartographers, and surveying technicians who use GIS Technologies note that employment in such fields is expected to increase 10 to 20 percent through 2010.

If you're considering entering the field of GIS, there is no better place to begin than with the academic preparation Lansing Community College provides within the Geographic Information Systems/Geospatial Technologies Program. This applied science associate degree program gives students a dynamic package of course offerings from the basic principles of GIS, global positioning systems and technical writing to landscape ecology, environmental resource management and landforms and soil system. Classroom lectures coupled with the critical practical training on industry-standard software and computer hardware make the LCC program one of the best in the region. Many of our program students are hired before completing the program.

Courses are offered throughout the year. Many are offered evenings as well as days to accommodate your schedule. Spring semester begins in January, summer semester begins in June and fall classes begin in August.

We want you in our classroom next semester. If you need direction on how to begin at LCC, let us know what's on your mind and what you need to get started. We've got a place waiting for you in the classroom that can lead you to a great career start. For specific information about our Geographic Information Systems Program, contact us online today.

Computer Information Technologies

Computer Information Technologies
West Campus, M103.4
Phone: (517) 267-6406
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