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Geographic Information Systems Technologist

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians Career Video

Researches or develops 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.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Produces data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Provides technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
  • Performs 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.
  • Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, continues education, or participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Performs integrated or computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses to address scientific problems.
  • Leads, trains, or supervises technicians or related staff in the conduct of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical procedures.
  • Collects, compiles, or integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
  • Conducts or coordinates research, data analysis, systems design, or support for software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping software.
  • Creates, edits, or analyzes geospatial data, using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or digitizing techniques.
  • Meets with clients to discuss topics such as technical specifications, customized solutions, or operational problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst) — Works with large databases containing spatial information, such as satellite images and aerial photographs, using this information to make maps or develop specialized software or analyze data for scientific, commercial or planning purposes.
  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
  • Resource Analyst
  • GIS Technician (Geographic Information Systems Technician)
  • GIS Specialist (Geographic Information Systems Specialist)


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