The Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies is a complement to any existing major at The University of Montana-Missoula or as a complement to a bachelor’s degree obtained at another university. The purpose of the Certificate is to ensure the knowledge, understanding, and training necessary to acquire, process, analyze, and properly display digital geographic data.
Geographic information science (GISci) refers to the theory and methods of capturing, storing, analyzing and communicating digital information about physical and socioeconomic phenomena distributed on or near the Earth's surface. This includes the utilization of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing(RS) and other geographic information technologies.
The local and national job markets for geographic information professionals are very strong and are not expected to weaken in the foreseeable future. The U.S. Department of Labor has recently identified geospatial analysis as one of the three leading areas of employment in the coming years.
Geographic information and analysis are increasingly a component of most any government organization or business sector. Even if you specialize in a specific discipline, a background in geographic information and related technologies provides you with the capacity to communicate through geography. Some careers offer the opportunity to be fully engaged with geographic information on a day-to-day basis, while other careers demand enough of an understanding to communicate with a full-time analyst. Many careers that require the employee to be in the field will also require a basic understanding of geographic information and related technologies. A quick search of resources on the Internet, or a discussion with potential employers or professionals in your discipline, will lead you to that set of skills necessary to be successful and competitive.