School of GeoSciences

Careers & network

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, GIS occupations will see growth rates ranging from 7%-54% between 2010-2020. Read more about our links with industry and where our graduates are working now.

In the UK the industry is estimated to currently employ between 8,000 and 10,000 staff providing GIS products and services, with a further 30,000 to 40,000 using the technology. (UK Location Market Study 2012, ConsultingWhere Ltd.)

The proven ability of our long standing graduates from our MSc GIS programmes in employment means that our programmes are held in high regard by employers, and this ensures that our future graduates will receive favourable consideration when they begin looking for work.

In addition to many others, our graduates have pursued careers with:

  • British Airways
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • IBM
  • ESRI
  • Forestry Commission
  • General Electric Aerospace
  • Google
  • Intergraph
  • Mapinfo
  • Microsoft
  • Registers of Scotland
  • Unisys
  • World Bank
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • Ordnance Survey
  • US Geological Survey


Destinations data for graduates from the School GeoSciences


The skills that you will gain on this MSc are all in the top 10 'most wanted' skills in the environmental sector, according to the UK's research councils.

Edinburgh’s GIS network

Edinburgh and the surrounding area has a thriving network of organisations working on GIS. We use this network of organisations to strengthen the MSc programme, both through contributions to teaching, dissertation supervision and opportunities for collaborative research.

Student testimonials

In the last 10 years alone, nearly 250 GIS students have graduated from Edinburgh.

Student testimonials