GIS Specialist

Job Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists design, develop, and implement systems and databases to access and store geospatial data. They analyze this data utilizing mapping software. GIS Specialists design digital maps using geospatial data and analyze spatial and non-spatial information. Many GIS Specialists create maps for internal purposes and are involved with launching mobile and online applications.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and implement systems and databases for geospatial data
  • Standardize geographic data
  • Research and conduct tests on new researching tools
  • Perform geospatial modeling and spatial analysis
  • Review GIS data for accuracy
  • Build, update and maintain databases and GIS software and hardware
  • Administer and troubleshoot applications and GIS solutions

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field.

Skills and Competencies

  • Proficiency with GIS desktop software and data management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively configure data
  • Experience with various technology methodologies and applications
  • Detail-oriented and analytical thinker
  • Knowledge of multiple programming languages
  • Ability to process and analyze data

Compensation

The average salary in the United States for a GIS Specialist is $61,500.  Compensation will vary based on experience and geographic location.

Low Salary:

  • Orlando, Florida: $52,800
  • Tampa, Florida: $53,300
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $51,000
  • Miami, Florida: $57,250
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $55,950
  • Chicago, Illinois: $64,300
  • Houston, Texas: $57,750
  • Los Angeles, California: $69,000
  • New York City, New York: $73,200
  • Seattle, Washington: $66,900
  • Overall: $52,300

High Salary:

  • Orlando, Florida: $71,400
  • Tampa, Florida: $72,150
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $70,300
  • Miami, Florida: $77,450
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $75,700
  • Chicago, Illinois: $87,000
  • Houston, Texas: $75,150
  • Los Angeles, California: $93,350
  • New York City, New York: $99,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $90,550
  • Overall: $70,700

Similar Titles

  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Technician
  • Cartographer
  • Photogrammetrist

Career Path

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. GIS Specialists have the opportunity to advance to positions such as GIS Supervisor or GIS Coordinator.

Position Trends

The field of information technology is continually growing as businesses become more innovative. Organizations across all sectors are becoming more reliant on information technology, which means GIS Specialists will continue to be vital to their success.

According to the industry website Computer Science Online, mobile technology, data security, and big data will be the core components of most organizations’ infrastructure, products, and services. The growth of these components will increase the number of mobile and web-based applications. GIS Specialists will be needed to make this information more accessible and usable for people who are not experts. Also, the management of resources, among other causes, will drive the need for GIS Specialists in many organizations.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in the GIS Specialist field should grow 15 percent from 2018 to 2028. This growth rate is much faster than average for all occupations.

Typical Hours

Typical hours for this position are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in an office setting.

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