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 September 2019, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for

  • Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers was 612.Over the last three years, this field shed 37 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Computer, Automated Teller and Office Machine Repairers, December 2019).
  • Computer User Support Specialists was 2,631.Over the last three years, this field added 94 jobs in the region (Source:Jobs EQ Occupation Report Computer User Support Specialists, December 2019).
  • Information Security Analysts was 1,274. Over the last three years, this field added 153 jobs in the region (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Information Security Analysts, December 2019).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2018 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers




Computer User Support Specialists




Information Security Analysts




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, December 2019)

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