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GIS and Remote Sensing as an Emerging Career Option

Published on: March 27, 2015 | Updated on: April 6, 2017

GIS and Remote SensingMost of the countries in the world have started specialising in Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). In India, the lack of skilled workforce has always been a concern. With the advent of new and advanced technology, the importance of geospatial science is going to amplify. Accelerated growth and development prospects in India would encourage several industries and businesses to use GIS and Remote Sensing. These tools and techniques can be widely used in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, forestry, transportation and others. Geoinformatics includes GIS, Remote Sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS).

Top 12 Institutes in India Offering Graduate and Post Graduate Courses on GIS and Remote Sensing

1. Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun – M.Tech in Remote Sensing and GIS
2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay – M.Tech in Remote Sensing
3. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, Kanpur and Roorkee – Department of Geoinformatics
4. Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Chennai – M.Tech in Remote Sensing, B.E & M.E in Geoinformatics
5. Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics, Pune – M.Sc. in Geoinformatics and M.Tech in Geoinformatics and Surveying Technology
6. Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, – M.Tech in Geoinformatics and M. Tech in Geological Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics
7. Jamia Millia Islamia, (A Central University), New Delhi – PG Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS Application.
8. Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi – M.Sc. and M.Tech in Remote Sensing
9. The National Power Training Institute, Faridabad
10. School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata – Post Graduate Diploma in GIS and Remote Sensing.
11. Environmental Systems Research Institute
12. University of Allahabad – PG Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS

Job Opportunities

The increased use of geospatial technology in different industries has improved the scope of job opportunities in GIS and Remote Sensing. Every area ranging from missile and unmanned aerial vehicle technology to urban administration, e-governance, remote sensing and even advertising and marketing today depend on geo-spatial data.

The skills required to be a successful GIS professional changed and evolved over the years. Though an elective of the civil engineering stream, it can also be taken up by the students of other subjects, especially geography and geology, as a specialisation. There are a number of career opportunities in this field, both in India and abroad. Thus, candidates from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds (e.g. Geography, Urban Planning, Cartography, Engineering, Computer Science and so on) aspire to be successful GIS professionals.

Public and Private sector companies in India employ GIS professionals at various levels.

Public Sector Organisations

• Indian Space Research Organization
• National Remote Sensing Center
• National Spatial Data Infrastructure
• Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
• Forest Survey of India
• Geological Survey of India
• Survey of India
• Department of Science and Technology
• Ministry of Defence
• Ministry of Environment
• National Informatics Centre
• North Eastern Space Applications Center
• Indian Agricultural Research Institute
• Agricultural Department and Irrigation Department
• Meteorological Department
• Mining, Soil Conservation, Land Degradation and Ground Water Management
• Natural Resource Management
• Indian Council of Agriculture Research
• Space Application Centers and Aviation
• Urban Development Authorities and Municipalities
• Watershed and Wetland Management

Private Sector and Other Organizations

There are opportunities in the field of Telecommunication, Oil & Gas and Transportation sector. Those interested in pursuing GIS as a career stream will find a very resourceful crowdsourced directory of several companies at gisinindia (dot) com/directory/gis-companies-in-india.

Job Positions

GIS and Remote Sensing professionals can be hired at various levels in positions like GIS Mapping Technician, GIS Data Specialist, GIS Application Specialist, GIS Business Analyst, GIS Engineer, GIS Operator, GIS Consultant, Geospatial Software Engineer, GIS Programmer, and GIS Technical Assistant.

Expected Salary

With the increased demand of Geoinformatics, the pay structure has improved. It depends on the experience as well as the position that is applied for. The expected salary of a GIS Analyst can range from Rs 1.4 lakh to Rs 5.9 lakh per annum; GIS Engineer can range from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per annum and a GIS Project Manager from Rs 6.0 to Rs 11 lakh per annum.


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Sir, I have done B.Sc. in PMC. And still studying PG Diploma in remote sensing and GIS from BHU, Varanasi. What can I do further to boost my career in this field. Please help me sir.


I’m a 3rd yr student with geo hons,C.U…
I want to do GIS from a gov. institute.
How can I give entrance exam???


    You can study M.Sc in RS at Rabindrabharati University or check for M.Tech in IIEST, Shibpur (check first as per your eligibility)


Hello mam
tell me about job opportunity in India for remote sensing and gis…

Akshara Abhishek Darne July 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

Specialization in Geographic information systems and basic remote sensing


Thank you very much for all the information you have given regarding career options for RS & GIS.
You have mentioned 12 institutes for UG & PG courses in India for this subject. But, I would like to inform you that, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (Formerly, Bengal Engineering and Science University), Shibpur also offers M.Tech in Geoinformatics.

Even, I have completed my M.Tech in Geoinformatics from this institute, in this year.
So, please update your blog as that will helpful for many of the students.

Thank You.

Tridipa Biswas May 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

SRM university also provide M.Tech. degree in Remote Sensing & GIS.


Can someone suggest me names of universities which offer UGC recognised Master Degree programme in Remote Sensing and GIS?


Dear sir /madan,

I have complete my B.Sc with maths and physices . and i want to do pg diploma in remot sensing and gis .so please give me suggestion for this course and career Opportunities.


I have completed my Pg diploma in digital cartography please suggest me what should u do to get job in this field I have completed my Pg degree in 2015 from jamia millia islamia new Delhi and searching for job in digital cartography please suggest me..

V NARAYANA NAIK January 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Hello sir,

I have 18+ years of experience in Geospatial industry. Please send me the suitable job. Waiting for your reply


I am completing my m.a geography did I am eligible for m.tech in gis and m.sc in remote sensing and g.i.s ?


Hai guys
I just completed Msc in Geography from Bangalore university. And now i wanna do Mtech in geoinformatics. Financialy am not good am thinking to do M tech in south india &i can’t understand where should i do plz some one give me a solution


Central university of jharkhand has started integrated m.tech course in geoinformatics. Its a big opportunity to get start career in this field…


i have done BE in electronics and communication(2013 passout) and now i am pursuing M.TECH from BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ,RANCHI in dept. of remote sensing .please suggest me the govt job opportunities..and also fields so that i can merge electronics plus remote sensing which would be benificial for me.. thanks

prathagata dhara November 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm

university of burdwan has started pg cource in Geospatial science cource.26 Nov. Is the last date of application


Dear Sir, Madam
I have done MSC in GIS and Remote Sensing from Sihagad Education Institute 2 years Post degree course which is affiliated Pune University. Seeking job opportunity in this domain. what should I do.


I have done MSC in GIS and RemoteSensing .Seeking job opportunity in this domain. what should i do.


I have just completed my M.Sc in environmental science . Now I wanna do pg deploma in remote sensing and GIS from IIRS .. Would it be good for me ?


Hi mam ,maine graduation cmplt kiya he.. mai pg karna chahta hu gis me.. is k liye best institution kon sa hey r gis may pg karle career successful ho sakta k kiya…koi v companies mey job pana asan hoga is course se


Would it be good to do pgd in geoinformatics and earth observation from iirs & itc Netherlands joint program of one year. Can any one please help by suggesting any idea????

Diptendu Chowdhury July 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

There is also Integrated 5 year M. Tech programme in Geo-informatics in Central University of Jharkhand in addition to 2 Year M.Sc in Geo-informatics. The courses have started from 2012. Central University of Jharkhand has started by MHRd Govt of India.

How these programme are.


I have just completed my double post graduate degree in geography and GIS & Remote Sensing…I also completed my pg diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing..I want 2 make future successful in the field of geography or GIS…after complete my p.g degree i can’t understand what should i do…will u help me out of this situation??and what should i do now??

    Devendra Gavlee July 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    You Said that you have done your dual postgraduation in geo informatics and stuff please tell me from where u did and can I do it through distance

soumitra ghosh July 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm

What kind of job can i do after complete diploma in GIS-GPS?
howmuch demand in India?


i have completed b.tech in electronics & communication branch in 2012.Now i got selection in MSc.geoinformatics from Central University of Jharkhand but i m little bit confused for doing this…plz plz tell me will it benificial for my career…..


I am completed MSC from Guru gahsi das central university from the Dept of rural technology and specialzation with Remote sensing and Gis.

Rituparna Sengupta April 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

Hi Nitu.The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing has Ph.D programmes in GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. Being one of the top institutes in India I guess they will be good. Apart from that Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and Amity Institute of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing also offer doctoral programmes on Remote Sensing, GIS and Earth Sciences. Let me know if this information was good enough. Thanks.


I have just completed my Postgraduation in Remote sensing and GIS. I want to do Phd in remote sensing. Can you give me a better place to do Phd in this.



    The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing has Ph.D programmes in GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. Being one of the top institutes in India I guess they will be good. Apart from that Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and Amity Institute of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing also offer doctoral programmes on Remote Sensing, GIS and Earth Sciences.

      Pranab kr koley July 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Hi mam, what is the basic qualification for Ph.D programme in Remote sensing & GIS at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and other institutes which you mention above.
      please inform me? I am a student of Rs & GIS ( M.sc)passout.


i have just completed my post graduate degree in geography…i want 2 make future successful in the field of geography…after complete my p.g degree i can’t understand what should i do…will u help me out of this situation??and what should i do now??

    Rituparna Sengupta April 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Shantanu. According to me you need to specialize in a particular field after your PG. GIS and Remote Sensing can be an option. Explore all the above mentioned institutes. I don’t know what was your specialization in the PG programme. But if you are interested in Planning and Development then you can also explore School of Planning and Architecture. PG students of Geography are eligible for their PG and Doctoral Programmes. They offer Masters in Urban Design, Master of Planning in various domains like Environmental Planning, Housing, Regional Planning, Transport Planning etc. This would help you to get very highly paid jobs as planners are of great value today in India. Let me know if this helps.

      CHANDRA PRAKASH SINGH June 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Hay..mam,,geography mi PG 67.2% hi.mi GIS and Remote Sensing se diploma karna chahta hu.ple….eske bare me bataye

        Rituparna Sengupta June 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

        Hi Chandra Prakash Singh,
        According to me you should do M.Sc or M.Tech in Geoinformatics instead of diploma. This will give you more mileage in life. See the article and go through the details. Thanks.

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