GIS is a unique, analytical tool that can be applied to careers in many disciplines including, but not limited to:
- Agriculture: Examine crop production data. A GIS can be used to to increase production, reduce costs and manage crop land. One can forecast harvests or sales, identify transportation routes to market, or manage pesticide applications.
- Biology: Examine biological and ecological phenomenon such as endangered species habitat, vegetation patterns, or distributions of mammals.
- Business: Analyze the best location to build a new franchise or explore your customer base.
- Criminal Justice: Map crime patterns to determine how resources can be allocated for the prevention of further crime.
- Homeland Security: Manage emergency response to natural and man-made disasters.
- Health Care: Examine geographic patterns of disease and possible transmission routes.
- Oil & Gas Industry: Manage the storage and transportation aspects of the industry. GIS is also used in exploration and production departments.
- Real Estate: Target potential properties for prospective home buyers.
- Urban Planning: Manage and map utilities such as water, sewer, gas, and electricity.
Many GIS jobs are found with local, state and Federal agencies. The following are just a few examples of Federal agencies that utilize GIS.
Examples of some Oklahoma state agencies that utilize GIS include:
GIS is also widely used by cities and Native American Tribal governments for planning, management and research purposes.