Program: Geographic Information Systems Technician (221-719-71)
Award: Career Studies Certificate 

Program Purpose:

This program prepares students to apply geospatial problem solving techniques to problems in the workplace

What will I learn?

Geospatial problem solving brings together computing support, database technology, mapping, high resolution content, and computing resources to present data in new, visual ways to help analyze and solve problems. Students will learn to interpret problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems. In smaller firms, the support specialists will solve a variety of computing problems to help businesses serve their customers. In addition, many organizations now have GIS content presented and maintained on web sites, and the GIS technician often maintains and uses that information.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in one semester.

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to work as a Cybersecurity analyst, network analyst, network technician, Computing Resource Consultant, Help Desk Technician, Technical Resource consultant, Install/Repair Technician, Computer Sales Representative.

What is the job outlook for program graduates?

As of the first quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for

  • Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers was 466. There is projected annual demand/need for 47 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Computer, Automated Teller and Office Machine Repairers, July 2021).
  • Computer User Support Specialists was 3,224.  There is projected annual demand/need for 274 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Computer User Support Specialists, July 2021). 
  • Information Security Analysts was 1,516. There is projected annual demand/need for 148 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Information Security Analysts, July 2021).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2020 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers

$24,100

$45,100

$55,700

Computer User Support Specialists

$37,200

$58,200

$68,700

Information Security Analysts

$65,600

$111,800

$135,000

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, July 2021)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.