"A geographic information system is a computer hardware and software system that is used to store, display, analyze, and map information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems. In fact, modern planning cannot move forward without these systems and those trained to run them. For example, a local government might use a GIS to evaluate alternative locations for roads, landfills, or other facilities. Using the GIS, such topics as population distribution, traffic movement, land availability, real estate prices, environmental hazards, soil types, and flood zones could be analyzed together to help the government make an informed choice." Excerpted from Careers in Geography, Association of American Geographers
Where is GIS Used?
Urban Planning Public Health Agriculture Ecology Police and Crime Prevention Environmental Science Cartography
Economic Development Fire and Emergency Services Recreation Marketing Transportation Public Safety Land Surveying
Environmental Engineering Homeland Security Meteorology Anthropology Real Estate Facilities Management