Geographic information science (GIS) is a relatively new field that uses computer technology to link maps to digital data. Environmental agencies and resource companies rely on the skills of GIS technicians when they’re making critical decisions about the development and use of forests, fisheries, wildlife and land.
If you have good computer skills, a keen eye for detail and an interest in natural resource management and land use planning, the GIS for Resource Management program will interest you. Even better, you can launch your career in less than a year.
Geographic Information Science for Resource Management is a one-year certificate program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. Some courses are available through distance and/or continuing education. Computer literacy is essential to handling the course load.
The resource management focus is unique. You’ll learn the concepts, practice the applications and build basic skills in using GIS software to address natural resource management issues. In this hands-on approach to using GIS software and technologies you’ll learn about:
Your training will include hands-on learning, field experience and a four-week work placement, where you’ll have the opportunity to work on a resource management-related project. When you graduate, you’ll have much more than a textbook understanding of GIS theory—you’ll have actual experience using GIS and applying it in different situations.
Geographic information science (GIS) is often confused with global positioning systems (GPS) because of the similar initials. The difference is that GIS uses GPS to help navigate data and display very complex processes that need a geographic component, such as where things are.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has an excellent track record when it comes to getting grads into jobs: 80% of GIS grads are working in their field within six months of graduation. They work as GIS mapping technicians, GIS specialists, mapping cartographers, GPS operators, data analysts or remote sensing analysts. With your specialized training in applying GIS to resource management, you can explore job opportunities with a wide variety of potential employers, including natural resource-based industries, First Nations industries, consulting firms, environmental agencies, government departments and municipal agencies.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|GIS Analyst||Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians (2255)||$49,800 - $77,700|
|GIS Technician||Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians (2255)||$49,800 - $77,700|
|GIS Technologist||Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians (2255)||$49,800 - $77,700|
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
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Note: Some work experiences may be in locations other than Prince Albert, so you may need to budget for additional transportation and accommodation expenses.
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