Employment Opportunities


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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Army Corps of Engineers

Department of Agriculture

Department of Defense

Department of Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of Labor

Bureau of Land Management


Examples of some Oklahoma state agencies that utilize GIS include:

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma Forestry Services

Oklahoma State Department of Health


GIS is also widely used by cities and Native American Tribal governments for planning, management and research purposes.