The Jacksons

Rockin' the Ridge at Preston Ridge


Geospatial Science Program

Geospatial Science Job Outlook

Curriculum Vitae

George Jackson
Professor of Geospatial Information Science,
Web Programming, E-Business, and
Business Information Systems

GIS Job Outlook!

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: GIS "should experience faster than average employment growth." GIS job growth is expected to be the highest in the fields of environmental science, geology, engineering, business marketing, emergency planning, security, urban planning, natural resource exploration, etc.

U.S. Employment and Training Administration: Geospatial Technology is a "high growth industry." Geospatial specialists are "expected to play a large role in homeland security activities." Protecting critical infrastructure has "resulted in an enormous increase in the demand" for those with geospatial skills. "The uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse ... the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commerical subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year."

GIS Texas Job Market Overview: The median salary for GIS jobs in the Dallas area is $70,000 per year.

North Central Texas Council of Governments: GIS entry level positions in Collin County have a beginning salary of around $30,000 per year. New GIS hires were GIS interns (17.9%), GIS Technician (20.1%), or GIS Analyst I (16.4%).

GeoTech Center: Texas is one of five states with the "most GIS job demand." The median salary for GIS jobs in Texas is $72,500 per year.

The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society: "There is a substantial demand for technicians in geospatial information technology. Associate degree and certificate programs in GIS provide a sound foundation for work experience."