Mapping technology is a vital component, both for industry and for personal use. These applications are collectively referred to as geographic information systems. A geographic information systems coordinator is an individual who utilizes GIS output, such as land surveys, to complete tasks for employers or contractors.
Since geographic information systems coordinators are in demand in a vast number of industries, the specific nature of work assigned to them can take on almost any form. They can be tasked with developing software or applications that require mapping technology. They may help construction companies or land engineers with casing the local geography of an area to determine its suitability for use. They may work with transportation departments to assist in the planning of road construction or coordinating traffic patterns. The GIS coordinator has a deep and through understanding of geography, as well as the implications of geographical features within the project. They work with the employer or contractor to communicate issues and develop solutions or workarounds. Some GIS coordinators create the maps and collate the geographical data that other GIS coordinators will use in their specific applications.
To be a GIS coordinator, the prospective applicant must have a strong ability to think abstractly, to read maps, charts, and data and interpret them in a meaningful way, and to use the advanced computer technology that applies this data as desired. Employers and contractors prefer applicants with a bachelor's degree in environmental science or a related specialization such as GIS technology. Three or more years of experience using computer mapping technology is also preferred.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Tasks
Test data for quality and completeness and report on those audits.
Develop and test automated output for a variety of purposes.
Import, integrate, update, clean, and validate data from multiple sources.
Write reports and communicate results, including technology and data recommendations.