Studying GIS

Are your studies getting you to the right place? Add the location factor to your qualification!

Geospatial information, also known as location information, tells us where features and places are, how they relate to one another, and how they can change over time. It ranges from the physical features on, above or below the earth’s surface to information about property boundaries, traffic and people, weather, health issues and hazards.

Location information is being used increasingly by businesses and government to improve their analysis and decision making. By adding GIS papers to your tertiary qualification, you can open up a whole world of career opportunities.

Here’s what GIS Graduate from the University of Otago, Sam Williamson, advises about adding a GIS paper or two to your studies:

Sam Williamson

“GIS gives you a different perspective to the domain you’re currently studying. Everything is located somewhere and can be studied with a geographic perspective, whether its physical or cultural. It’s always amazing to see people’s eyes open when they see their data displayed on a map instead of a graph or a chart. It always leads to new questions like ‘Why are levels higher in this location?’ Then they can use GIS to answer those questions. I would certainly recommend a GIS component be considered for Physical Science students, but I would even recommend 1 or 2 introductory GIS papers for Business, Arts or even Health Science students.”

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems as they are traditionally known, are information systems that work with spatial data, be they spatial databases or location based services available on your mobile phone. They capture, store, manage, analyse and visualise spatial data in a software environment. GIS is sometimes also referred to as Geographic Information Science, the science that underlies Geographic Information Systems and their use.

Are there job opportunities?

Globally, there is a shortage of skilled GIS professionals. According to a report commissioned by Google, geospatial services are growing by 30% per annum globally. There are good job opportunities for GIS graduates in New Zealand, with positions across the business sector, central and local government and iwi.

Read the report

Download the free Occupation Outlook 2017 App (on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and check out Income/Study Fees/Job Prospects for ‘Surveyors and Geospatial Professionals’ under the Construction & Infrastructure theme.

Where can I study GIS?

GIS papers are taught across New Zealand – from Whangarei to Invercargill.

View a full list of GIS courses, qualifications and lecturer/tutor contact details at New Zealand tertiary institutes

Download the brochure “Are your studies getting you to the right place?”:

Check out more from the GIS students/graduates profiled in the brochure and others 

Last Updated: 9 August 2018