GIS Professionals in Demand

With the proliferation of geospatial data, the market for geospatial technologies is booming. According to Geospatial World, the industry is valued at about $500 billion today and growing at about 15 percent a year. Because organizations are looking for ways to leverage geospatial information to inform decisions and support their operations, individuals with GIS skills are in demand.

GIS professionals have strong salary potential. According to, salaries for GIS professionals range from about $51,000 a year for GIS analysts to about $100,000 for GIS project managers.  

Diverse Job Opportunities in Sustainability-Related Fields

The UW Master of GIS program prepares students to model sustainable solutions to complex resource problems and other issues. Graduates are qualified to work as GIS analysts, managers, programmers and database administrators; they finish the program with skills they can apply in sustainability-related areas such as:

  • Land development
  • Water resource management
  • Ecosystem conservation
  • Transportation
  • Alternative energy
  • Utilities management
  • Public and environmental health
  • Historic preservation and archaeology
  • Green stormwater infrastructure

Where Grads Are Working

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Our graduates have gone on to GIS-related careers in a variety of companies and organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Below are some highlights.

Public Sector

Argonne National Laboratories, City of Bellevue, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sound Transit, U.S. Army, Washington State Department of Ecology

Not-for-Profit Sector

Forterra, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wild Fish Conservancy Northwest

Private Sector

Esri, Freestone Environmental Services, Hydroacoustic Technology, ICF International, Microsoft, Sound & Sea Technology, WEST Consultants