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Geographic Information Systems at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a Geographic Information Systems career

Geographic information systems (GIS) are computerized systems that collect, store and analyze spatial (or geographic) data. They produce information in a variety of formats, such as tables, graphs and maps, and are used for analysis in a number of fields, including natural resources, public health, urban planning, agriculture and much more. The need for GIS specialists is growing and is expected to continue to grow significantly over the next few years. Ontario college geographic information systems programs provide students with the technical and statistical skill and experience necessary to thrive in this in-demand field.

If you have strong analytical and computer skills, and want a career working with GIS and digital mapping, here’s what you need to know. More

Geographic Information Systems Courses

Geographic information systems programs at Ontario colleges use cutting-edge technology and techniques to give students a thorough understanding of GIS software and equipment. Students will gain strong research, analytical and critical thinking skills that can be applied in processing a variety of types of technical information and data.

Geographic information systems courses will vary depending on the program. Course subjects may include (but aren’t limited to):

Programs that are offered with an area of specialty will have a slightly different focus. For example, GIS urban planning courses will focus more on CAD, site planning and urban design.

Work placements and co-op terms are common in these programs to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in real situations.

General Geographic Information Systems Program Requirements

Entry-level Ontario college geographic information systems programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Most programs also require a grade 11 or 12 math credit.

For programs offered at the post-graduate level, a college diploma or university degree is required (usually in a related field). Individual colleges may suggest students have a background or base knowledge of computers, statistics and / or math for the best chance of success.

Geographic Information Systems Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of GIS programs will find career opportunities across diverse industries, from engineering and government to land development and agriculture. Common job titles include (but aren’t limited to):

  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Researcher
  • GIS Programmer
  • Spatial Database Specialist
  • Information Technician

The average starting salary for graduates is roughly $30,000 per year. Graduates of specialized GIS programs, such as cartography, typically have higher starting salaries of roughly $40,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Geographic Information Systems Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of geographic information systems programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Environmental Geomatics CANADORE COLLEGE DRIVE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Environmental Geomatics


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 030116
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Geographic Information Systems ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems


  • Program Length: 1 YEARS (PERIODS OF 12 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1588X01F
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Also Offered In A Co-Op Delivery Mode, With Departmental Approval

Show details Geographic Information Systems (GIS) FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GIS1
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. Refer To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca) Or Program Guide For Specific Admission Requirements.

Show details Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (ONLINE) FANSHAWE LONDON - ONLINE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (ONLINE)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GIS1
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. It Is Offered Online.

Show details Geographic Information Systems - Applications Specialist FLEMING LINDSAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems - Applications Specialist


  • Program Length: 10 MONTHS
  • Program Code: GIA
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Geographic Information Systems - Applications Specialist (ONLINE) FLEMING LINDSAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems - Applications Specialist (ONLINE)


  • Program Length: 10 MONTHS
  • Program Code: GAO
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Geographic Information Systems - Cartographic Specialist FLEMING LINDSAY CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems - Cartographic Specialist


  • Program Length: 10 MONTHS
  • Program Code: GC
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Geographic Information Systems-Applications Specialist SAULT MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Geographic Information Systems-Applications Specialist


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 4018
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Gis - Geospatial Management (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE) NIAGARA NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Gis - Geospatial Management (GRADUATE CERTIFICATE)


  • Program Length: 10 MONTHS
  • Program Code: 2058
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Gis and Urban Planning FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Gis and Urban Planning


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: URP2
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design and Planning


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BED1
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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