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Know Your Skills

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Geomatics Skills & Knowledge

 Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Collect, process, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative spatial data using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing image analysis, cartography, and other spatial and statistical software
  • Analyze spatial patterns and relationships, and comprehend their value and use within societal and environmental management and policy contexts
  • Conduct geographic and environmental research to inform and support evidence-based decision making
  • Clearly communicate geomatics methods and results of analysis to a diverse audience in verbal and written form using a variety of media and presentation types, including maps, atlases, images, graphics and other interactive media
  • Contribute knowledge of human and environmental spatial patterns and processes in a variety of occupational settings
  • Workplace skills through practicum or co-op, including: leadership, responsibility and initiative in the workplace; ethical work conduct; independent work and group work; meeting productivity demands and deadlines; networking

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Geomatics website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Geomatics

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Agriculture
  • Consulting
  • Conservation
  • Emergency Management
  • Energy, Oil, Gas and Mining
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mapping
  • Market Research
  • Real Estate
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Software Development
  • Utilities/Public Works
  • Waste Management
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Technology
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Systems Administration
  • Quality Control
  • Risk Management
  • Government Administration
  • Project Management
  • Data Analysis

  • Agricultural GIS Technician
  • Remote Sensing Technologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geomatics Analyst
  • GIS Analyst
  • Land Use Planner
  • Natural Resource Planner
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Assessment GIS Analyst
  • Forestry/Health/Crime GIS Analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Mapping Technician
  • Air Photo Interpreter
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Business Location Analyst
  • Residential Real Estate Analyst
  • GIS Developer/Programmer
  • Web Map Developer
  • GIS Transportation Planner
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Fire Manager Technologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Survey Technician
  • Remote Sensing Scientist
  • Geomatics Research Analyst
  • Application Consultant/Specialist
  • Geomatics Technician/Specialist
  • Waste Management GIS Analyst
  • Technical Solution Specialist
  • GIS or CAD Technician
  • Geophysical Technician
  • Environmental Assistant

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network