The Certificate Program in Geospatial Technology (GT) is designed to benefit students who seek to enhance their skills in geospatial technology, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing. Students who earn the Graduate GT Certificate will enhance employment prospects and/or advance their careers in geospatial technology, particularly in job settings that stress the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing.

GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY

WHAT IS GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY?

Geospatial technology (GT) involves a suite of computer-based approaches to manage relational databases, digital maps, data from global positioning systems, and satellite and aerial imagery to organize, display, and analyze spatial attribute data related to the environment, business, planning, health care, homeland security, infrastructure and other industries.

WHO USES GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY?

Geospatial technology is used extensively in the Federal government, the private sector, and international institutions such as the UN and the World Bank. Geospatial technology is also used in developing countries to optimize scarce resources for environmental management. Private voluntary and non-governmental institutions that work on humanitarian and environmental issues have also developed significant capabilities with this technology.

APPLICATIONS OF GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY

All issues that involve monitoring of the earth’s surface or near surface environment or processes, or involve exploitation of the earth’s resources, can benefit from geospatial technology. Some examples are available on our websites miami.edu/geography and miami.edu/GIS.

JOBS IN GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY

Many employers are looking for people with these skills. Starting salaries typically range from $50-80K in the public sector (e.g., working for local governments) for experienced GIS analysts. Increasing numbers of job search engines (e.g., GIScafe, GISjobs, GIS Jobs Clearinghouse, etc.) post opportunities for geospatial professionals.

INTERNSHIPS IN GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY

Students in the Certificate Program have been placed in internships with local organizations, and many have received subsequent employment. Organizations include: Miami-Dade County IT Department, FPL Fibernet, Alliance for Aging, City of Miami Beach, and UM Libraries, among others.