Geographic information systems (GIS) analysts routinely deal with large sets of data to process and analyze it into user-focused displays, such as graphics, maps, and charts. This work requires extensive knowledge and experience with GIS techniques, technology, and principles, as well as strong proficiency with computers, including ArcGis, Python, HTML, and Microsoft Office software.
This work requires large amounts of time at a computer system analyzing data and mapping software, so comfort at a desk is essential for this position. A field element may also be necessary for GIS data to be collected utilizing GPS systems. Office work is typically performed independently, but in coordination with a team of other analysts while field work is performed within groups for safety and efficiency reasons.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this position, while applicants with further education and/or prior professional experience with GIS may have better employment opportunities. These analysts typically work daily shifts during typical office hours, and occasional weekend work may be necessary, especially near important deadlines with clients or if field work is necessary. Occasional travel may also be necessary for required field work.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Tasks
Includes GIS data entry, data validation and maintenance of current GIS databases.
Design, coordinate and prepare representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.