Career Details for Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists

Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists

Also called:

Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GIS Specialist)

What they do:

Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.

On the job, you would:

  • Produce data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Provide technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
  • Perform computer programming, data analysis, or software development for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, including the maintenance of existing systems or research and development for future enhancements.

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Math and Science

  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

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Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

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Verbal

  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

Math

  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • National Land Cover Database NLCD
  • Structured query language SQL

Analytical or scientific software

  • SAS
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

Map creation software

  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ITT Visual Information Solutions ENVI

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bachelor's degree or
master's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$86,510


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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