Geospatial technology use is growing at a rapid pace around the world and exciting opportunities for well educated and trained people are increasing. Whether you are a recent university or college graduate getting started in a career, or an experienced professional seeking new employment opportunities or career advancement, BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in GIS degree provides excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth. This program will appeal to graduates from many areas — for example: Environmental Management. Public Health. Land Use Planning. Engineering. Natural Resource Management. Transportation. Real Estate. Utilities. Business and Marketing. Mineral Exploration — who wish to learn how to integrate GIS technology in their profession.
NOTE: The GIS Department has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you decide which BCIT GIS option is best for you.
If you've missed a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) information session, the full video is now available.
Note: This information session was held May 21, 2020 and topics discussed in this session are subject to change without notice.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
When you graduate from the program, you will have completed one of the best educations in GIS technology available anywhere and be ready for the workforce.
A career in GIS can open a lot of doors. Opportunities exist in all parts of the private and public sectors, and in all sorts of application areas.
The majority of GIS graduates are working for either private industry (forestry, GIS vendors, natural resource exploration, computer systems) consulting companies (environmental, engineering, forestry, mapping, scanning, and software) or government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal). The graduates are developing GIS databases, using GIS to analyze data and predict the result of planned changes, managing GIS projects, planning the acquisition of GIS technology, developing GIS custom systems and training GIS users.
GIS Faculty are dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable, and have both GIS industry experience and formal schooling. The Department also utilizes instructors from the BCIT Geomatics Department, as well as sessional instructors from industry.
The Geographic Information Systems program benefits from the combined expertise of educational and industry professionals who form our program Advisory Committee. Their valued input and liaison with BCIT have helped ensure the relevance and currency of the program. We would like to acknowledge their continuous support for the success of the program.
Karl Kliparchuk, Program Head/Faculty
BSc, MSc (Geog), GISP
Sheila Churchill, Faculty
BSc(Geology), DiplT(GIS), PGeo, MSc(GIS)
Carmen Heaver, Part-Time Studies Coordinator/Faculty
BSc, DiplT(GIS), MSc(GISc)
Rob Hewlett, Faculty
BSc, DiplT(GIS), MSc(CIS)
Mike Hill, Faculty
Dee Morita, Program Assistant
Philip Chen, Senior Systems Analyst
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