Career opportunties

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Be prepared for a great career with a degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

An MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation will enable you to put your skills and expertise to excellent use, opening up exciting and challenging career perspectives.

All over the world, in any industry, there is a growing need for experts in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial data science, and remote sensing. As a GIS specialist with in-depth knowledge and skills related to geospatial technologies, you will be a key player in developing and advancing data-driven sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing global issues, such as climate change and energy transition. You could work for a wide range of international non-governmental or corporate organisations, governments, consultancy agencies, research institutes, public service corporations, telecommunications companies, water authorities, and national mapping agencies, to name but a few. This is why 60% of graduates find a job within six months after graduation (90% within one year).

An internship is one of the best ways to shape your professional profile

In the second year of our Master's, you will complete an internship to gain experience in the professional work field. More about internships during our Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation or Spatial Engineering.

Job opportunities for geo-information specialists 

Experts in geo-information systems who can acquire, analyse, and visualise geo-information to develop innovative solutions are in high demand both in the private and public sectors. You can work as a policy advisor, geo-information consultant, GIS analyst, geospatial data scientist, environmental management consultant, remote sensing specialist, data engineer, and more. 

You can also opt for a career in academia and do a PhD at any university worldwide. Or you can start your own company!

Depending on your specialisation, there are several job opportunities. You can find more examples and inspiration on the specialisation pages.

In ITC alumni work in different sectors
  • 50% government agency
  • 20% education and research
  • 20% private sector and self employed
  • 10% Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) 

Alumni stories

One of humanity’s most significant challenges is to achieve a healthy balance between harnessing natural resources and maintaining an optimal natural environment. At the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, ITC, we aim to equip individuals worldwide to tackle this challenge. Though from widely differing backgrounds, our students have two things in common: academic excellence and a drive to create change in their world.

Here, we present a few change agents, each of whom has completed a Master’s programme at ITC.

ITC Graduate School

On completion of your Master of Science programme, you can opt for a career in research. Junior researchers studying for a PhD degree at the faculty ITC are registered in the ITC Graduate School. Each graduate student carries out a PhD project embedded in one of the themes of the research programme under the supervision of one or more ITC professors. There are around 150 graduate students at ITC. Most graduate students are full-time PhD students aiming to gain their PhD degree. Depending upon the fellowship, full-time PhD students have between three and four years to complete their thesis. ITC also hosts so-called ‘sandwich PhD students’, who spend a considerable time carrying out research in their home countries.

ITC Graduate School: Study for a PhD
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