The associate degree of spatial science program provides students with the theory, methods and practices required by an associate to support a practising professional spatial scientist. To this end the program provides students with a general understanding of the broad practice and knowledge in the spatial science profession and the technical skills to work in geographic information systems (GIS). USQ's associate degree will prepare students for a career in one of Australia's most rapidly changing industries. Students can arm them self with the technical, analytical and leadership skills needed to succeed and with practical experience with GIS technologies and working with sophisticated technology and tools including satellite imagery and laser measurement systems for 3D mapping, and visualisation of the natural and built environment. As a professional geographic information systems officer, career possibilities are available in local and state government agencies in areas including transport, primary industries and environment. When students graduate with their associate degree they will be eligible to apply for membership with the surveying and spatial sciences institute Australia.