Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Geographic Information Scientist
  • Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Geographic Information Systems Application Specialist (GIS Application Specialist)
  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Data Administrator (GIS Data Administrator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Database Administrator (GIS Database Administrator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Data Manager (GIS Data Manager)
  • Geographic Information Systems Data Specialist (GIS Data Specialist)
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Lead, train, or supervise technicians or related staff in the conduct of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical procedures.
  • Perform integrated or computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses to address scientific problems.
  • Collect, compile, or integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
  • Conduct or coordinate research, data analysis, systems design, or support for software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping software.
  • Create, edit, or analyze geospatial data, using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or digitizing techniques.
  • Meet with clients to discuss topics such as technical specifications, customized solutions, or operational problems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $78,430 with most people making between $37,660 and $116,750

Outlook

0.09%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,520 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 7,590 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 93 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.