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Careers in Geoinformatics
Career In Geoinformatics



Geographic Information System (GIS) and satellite-based Remote Sensing (RS) have greatly improved our ability to collect, store, analyse and utilise geographical information. GIS and RS is a system of hardware, software and procedures designed for support, capture, management, manipulation, analysis, modelling and display of spatially referenced (geographical) data. GIS and RS professionals finds career opportunities in environmental impact assessment, biodiversity assessment, natural resource management, environmental modelling, town planning, public utility work and many socio-economic development programmes. GIS professionals make the geographic information accessible to scientists, planners, decision makers, managers and to general public. Knowledge of geo-informatics is becoming a driving force behind the overall socio-economic development of the nation. There is a wide gap in demand and supply of GIS professionals. India is the one of the most preferred outsourcing destination for GIS related work in the world.


Geo-informatics services are growing by 10-15% per annum. There is great demand for GIS professionals GIS companies in India any many other global companies. Geo-information system have a variety of uses viz. agriculture, archaeology, environment, geology, health, land information system, military, urban and rural development, transpiration, telecommunication, power, water resource, natural and man made disasters, oil and natural gas, banking and insurance, business geographics, mobile mapping, etc. GIS and RS has application in resoruce managment especially of water, land, soil, vegetation, etc. 


Salary based on training, experience and qualification. Persons working in the field of geoinformatics get quite good salaries as compared to many other fields. Salary range in United States is between $31,387 for an entry-level analyst to $83,333 for a GIS supervisor.


Graduation or post-graduation in science stream with good training programme is GIS is essential. Knowlege of geography and information technology is preferred. B.A./BSc or M.A./MSc geography students can also make good career in Geoinformatics. 

Employabilty Skills

  • Remote sensing, database programming, photogrammetry, image processing, digital cartography and automated mapping
  • Knowledge of two or more GIS packages.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
  • Good documentation skills. 
  • "Hands-on" experience
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creativity 
  • Good knowledge of cartography, GIS, database management and programming.

Career test

If you record “Yes” for maximum questions then it indicates that you have potential for perusing career in the field of Geo-informatics.

  • Do I have good sense of space and dimensions?
  • Do I have knowledge of GIS packages?
  • Do I have perceptive and probing mind?
  • Do I have ability to handle enormous amount of data?  
  • Do I like systematic way of working?
  • Do I have analysing and interpreting skills?
  • Do I have a creative mind and deep thinking?
  • Do I have ability of keen observation?
  • Am I ready to learn and adopt new techniques?
  • Do I like to work as a team?
  • Do I have good knowledge of cartography?
  • Am I good in database management and software programming?
  • Do I have like to learn statistical analysis?
  • Do I have problem solving ability?
  • Do I have good communication skills?

Career opportunities

  • Agriculture: Mixed-crop discrimination and inventory, large area crop inventory and crop stress detection monitoring.
  • Forest: Types and species discrimination, forest stock mapping and biomass estimation.
  • Environment: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental planning.
  • Soil resources: Soil mapping and erosion prone mapping.
  • Geology: Geological mapping, geomorphologic mapping, terrain and cadastral mapping
  • Water Resources: Surface water monitoring and ground water targeting.
  • Disaster: Flood damage assessment, flood relief measures, etc.
  • Military management: GIS playes role in scheduling and fighting of wars as well rebuilding war-torn communities.
  • Business applications: For finding offending taxpayers, developing pizza delivery routes, setting up insurance rates, etc. 
  • Public sector organisations: ISRO, NRSA, NIC, urban developmental authorities and municipal bodies employ GIS trained personnels. 
  • Natural resource management.
  • Local and municipal planning and development.
  • Emergency management:
  • Transportation management.
  • Socio-Economic development.
  • Urban development.
  • Public utility works.

Job options

  • Cartographic designer
  • Consultant- A consultants primary duties are the complete analysis, design and documentation of a project.
  • Database administrator.
  • Geographer
  • Geo-Spatial Software Engineer
  • GIS analysts
  • GIS Analyst-Environmental 
  • GIS Application Specialist
  • GIS Business Analyst
  • GIS Data Specialist
  • GIS digitisers/GIS operators
  • GIS Mapping Assistant
  • GIS Mapping Technician
  • GIS Programmer
  • GIS project manager
  • GIS technicians/GIS engineers
  • Professor/Teacher


  • Geo-informatics solution consultancy.
  • Out sourcing Geoinformatics services.
  • EIA consultant.


  • Geoinformatics centres: Universities, Space Application Centres, Birla Institute of Technology, NRSA, etc.
  • Central Government organizations/agencies: NESAC, RRSAC,ISRO, ADRIN, IARI, ICAR, etc.
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities:
  • Overseas firms: USA, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Malaysia, France, Germany, Australia, etc.
  • Private sector firms: Telecommunication companies, oil industry, transportation industry, etc.
  • Government agencies and local authorities: Departments like Agriculture, Geology, Forest, Town-planning, etc.
  • Newspaper/magazines: Geoinformatics columnist
  • Educational content development firms: Content developer, Expert, etc.

Companies providing job opportunities

  • CyberTech Systems and Software Ltd., Mumbai
  • ESRI India, New Delhi
  • Fugro Survey India Ltd, Mumbai.
  • Geofiny Technologies Private Limited, Chennai
  • Geographis (India) Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad.
  • INCA Informatics Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
  • Lavasa Corporation Limited, Pune.
  • Magnasoft Consutancy Services, Bangalore
  • Reliance Communication Pvt. Ltd.
  • Speck Spatial Tech Ltd.
  • Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.


Courses after 12th standard

  •  B.E.(Geoinformatics) Duration: 4 years Eligibility: Higher second class in 10+2 Mode of admission: Common entrance test Institute: Institute of Remote Sensing at Anna University, Chennai. Further details: www.annauniv.edu
  • Diploma in Geoinformatics Institute: Symbiosis Society, Pune. www.symbiosissociety.org

Courses after Graduation:

  • B.Sc. (Applied) in GIS and RS. Duration: 1 year Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the qualifying examination viz., B.Sc./B.Ag./B.A. (in mathematics/statistics) B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.A. (in geography) Institute: Pune University www.unipune.ernet.in
  • M.Sc (Geoinformatics and Geohazards) Duration: 2 years Institute: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) National Remote Sensing Agency Dept of Space, Govt. of India, Dehradun (India) www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in
  • M.Sc. Geomatics Duration: 2 years Eligibility: Common entrance test Institute: Symbiosis Geomatics Institute, Pune. www.symbiosisgeoinformatics.in
  • M.Sc. Geoinformatics Duration: 2 years Eligibility: Common entrance test Institute: Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Jharkhand Kolkatta and Jaipur. www.bitmesra.ac.in
  • M.Sc. Geoinformatics and remote sensing Duration: 2 years Institute: M.D.S. University, Ajmer, Rajasthan. www.mdsuajmer.com
  • M.Sc. Geoinformatics Duration: 2 years Eligibility: Students having obtained minimum 50% marks in the qualifying examination viz., B.Sc./B.Ag./B.A. (in mathematics/statistics) B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.A. (geography) Institute: Pune University. www.unipune.ernet.in
  • M.Tech: Duration: 2 years Eligibility: Common entrance test Institute: IIT Mumbai, IIT Kanpur, www.iitk.ac.in Roorkee University, REC Warangal Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Jharkhand Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Hyderabad. www.jntu.ac.in
  • M.Tech (RS & GIS) Institute: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) National Remote Sensing Agency Dept of Space, Govt. of India, Dehradun-248001 (India) www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Eligibility: M.Sc. Duration: 2-6 years Mode of admission: NET/CSIR entrance. Or Under research projects or self funded  

Centers for Ph.D:

Post-Graduate Diploma RS & GIS Institutes: IIRS, Dehradun www.iirs-nrsa.gov.in and Allahabad University

Distant courses: 

  • MSc (Remote Sensing and GIS): Institute: School of Studies in Distance Education (SOSDE) (Jiwaji University),Madhya Pradesh www.idejug.com      
  • MSc. (Geoinformatics)  Global Open University,Tamil Nadu, Chennai. 
  • MBA in Geoinformatics Periyar Institute of Distance Education, Mumbai
  • M.Sc. In Geomatics  Sikkim Manipal University. 

Important Institutes


Many reputed institutes conducts entrance examinations so as to test the aptitute for the Geoinformatics. 

Abroad opportunities

Abroad degrees and scholarships

Fellowships and scholarships

Emerging trends

  • Geo-Spatial Software 
  • GIS - Enviroment
  • GIS Town development  
  • GIS Business   

Allied Careers