GIS Specialist

Business Consultant, Consultant, GIS Analyst, GIS Technician, Information Systems Technician   More Names
Information Technology Consultant, Security Consultant, Technology Consultant

GIS specialists are planners with specialized skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These individuals create maps using GIS software and perform other analysis and planning tasks. They may be responsible for collecting their own data or may have data provided to them for analysis.

GIS specialists conduct data modeling and manipulation; convert, generalize, aggregate, and model data; and provide key information to analysts and planners. They must be able to think creatively and interpret the meaning of information for others, and then communicate with supervisors, peers, and subordinates.

GIS specialists should have strong communication skills to present findings to both internal and external audiences and a good understanding of policies and procedures related to public transportation planning and the use of GIS technology.

GIS specialists work indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. Their work is cooperative, working with work groups or teams, and coordinating with or contacting others. It is structured work, and does involve repeating some tasks over and over. They have some freedom to make decisions, but must be exact and accurate in the work they do.

Most employers require individuals to have a bachelor's degree in urban planning, with a concentration or coursework in GIS, and prefer that they have a master's degree in urban planning. Most GIS specialists have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not. The job requires a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience, and GIS specialists usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, or vocational training.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
3% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $64,690 - $110,590    Hourly: $31 - $53

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

3% - Little or no change
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $64,690 - $110,590

Hourly: $31 - $53