How Does a Degree in GIS Affect How You Feel About Your Career?

Caitlin Dempsey


Salary site released the results of its 2014 college survey that looks at which college majors pay the best and are the most meaningful.  The survey was developed from 1.4 million respondents to its PayScale Salary Survey which collects data about  jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background.

So what did those who majored in GIS report about their career status?

In terms of earning potential, GIS ranked 120 out of 207 majors with an early career salary of $41,800 and a mid-career salary of $67,900.  Out of 193 majors, GIS ranked 81 on the list with 69% of respondents recommending the major to others.  The survey also questions respondents about the meaningfulness of their jobs, asking if they felt like their job made the world a better place.  GIS ranked 118 out of 207 majors with less than half (48%) responding “yes” to that question.

GIS Managers and GIS Analyst made the list for common jobs for social science majors with 46% of managers and 41% of analysts holding a geography degree.

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To explore the survey visit: 2014-2015 PayScale College Survey Report.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.