List of GIS Assistant Schools with Program Considerations

Schools and colleges throughout the U.S. offer geographic information system assistant programs that award a certificate. These programs provide basic technical and operational GIS training.

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Geographic information system (GIS) assistants help cartographers and land surveyors create maps. GIS assistants should have data entry skills and the ability to run basic GIS software programs.

Schools with GIS Assistant Programs

The following schools have GIS Assistant Programs. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Level Tuition (2015-2016)*
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,632 (In-district) $3,360 (In-state) $3,756 (Out-of-state)
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TXC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,504 (In-district) $3,184 (In-state) $3,544 (Out-of-state)
Tarrant County College District FT. Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,320 (In-district) $2,064 (In-state) $4,920 (Out-of-state)
Brigham Young University Provo, UT 4-year, Private On-line independent study course $549
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,408 (In-district) $2,416 (In-state) $3,688 (Out-of-state)
Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos, TX 4-year, Public Certificate $9,348 (In-state) $20,268 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for GIS assistant schools:

  • Prospective students may want to look for a GIS assistant school that provides training with database management
  • Access to the latest GIS software can ensure graduates are career-ready.
  • Obtaining an internship and gaining practical experience can also help individuals find a job.

Program Overview

Undergraduate GIS assistant certificate programs typically last one semester. Many schools refer to them as GIS technician programs. Individuals who are enrolling in a certificate program might want to brush up on basic computer skills to prepare themselves for working with technology. A high school diploma is also required for program admittance. Graduates are qualified to work in entry-level positions at engineering consulting firms and environmental organizations.

Students interested in assisting cartographers or land surveyors in map-making can attend a training program that prepares them to work as a geographic information system (GIS) assistant. These programs are available at community colleges and some 4-year colleges and universities.

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