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Geospatial Industry: Wages and Occupational Outlook

Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition.

This graph shows the following information (number employed, median annual salary and expected job growth) for four GIS occupations: Surveyors, Surveying and Mapping Technicians, Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, and Geographers. It compares this information with the US Average Expected Job Growth.

The US Average Expected Job Growth is about 12%. All of the occupations listed on this chart exceed that percentage substantially.

Geospatial Industry: Wages and Occupational Outlook
Job title Number Employed Median Annual Salary Expected Job Growth
Surveyors about 53,000 $55,000 50,000 (25%)
Surveying and Mapping Technician about 57,000 $37,000 32,000 (17%)
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists about 15,000 $55,000 45,000 (22.5%)
Geographers about 2,000 $72,000 70,000 (35%)

This image also includes a quote from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Recent advancements in mapping technology have led to new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps."