Geography - Geospatial Technology Concentration

JSU Geography student at the computer

According to GIS for Life, Geospatial technology is used in the collection, analysis, and storage of geographic information. Geospatial technology makes use of software in the mapping of geographic locations while assessing the effect of human activities. Geographic Information System (GIS) utilizes digital software to combine datasets and maps about socioeconomic trends and environmental events. GIS develops layered maps for a better geospatial analysis of complex data. The layering happens because each point of data is linked to a definite location on the earth. Other forms of geospatial technology include geofencing, global positioning systems GPS, and remote sensing.

Potential Careers

Geospatial Analyst or developer, Intelligence Specialist, Environmental Planner, Survey and spatial data mapping applications, Business Development and Location Analysis, Geospatial Scientist, Mapper, Data Administrator, Cartography, crime mapping, Environmental Management, Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Government Data Engineer, Geovisualization Expert, Government Mapper and Analyst, Geographic Information Scientist, Researcher, Public Health Analyst, Utility Companies, Public Safety, Urban Planning, Tax Mapping, GEOINT or Geographic Intellegence.

Median Annual Salary

Entry level $40,000 approximate
Advanced  $50,000 - $60,000

*Median annual salaries are according to

Additional Facts

One of the fastest growing fields. Estimating a 20% growth rate for the next 20 years. Pay scale excellent from $40,000 or $90,000 in general.