Geographical information systems (GIS) manager supervises the day-to-day operations of a large team of information technology (IT) workers who produce geographical data by using their knowledge of specialized computer systems. These geographical information systems may be used for road traffic management, heath care, defense planning, market research, or other purposes. The GIS manager's duties and responsibilities include coordinating and managing the system hardware and software, developing GIS applications, making presentations, and conducting training sessions for the staff. Managers also have to control the budget and project costs, as well as recruit and train new staff members.
GIS managers also help improve services by identifying opportunities for new procedures and resource needs of the staff. They also oversee and evaluate data entry, data analysis, language programming, and system maintenance and operations. Sticking to deadlines for new projects is essential, and timelines must be closely monitored at all times. The work environment for a GIS manager is usually indoors during regular business hours. They generally work at specialist software development companies, emergency services, government organizations, and motor vehicle rescue services.
Most GIS managers have at least a bachelor's degree in management sciences, cartography, surveying, geology, computer sciences, town planning, geography, information technology, or computer engineering. Having a postgraduate GIS qualification is generally preferred, especially for applicants without substantial prior experience in the field.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager Tasks
Deliver reports on geographic data, ensuring standardization, and quality control of data across reports.
Develop and maintain software applications and databases for digital mapping and spatial data.
Determine map content, appearance, and layout for maximum information with high usability.
Direct collection, storage, analysis, and interpretation of geospatial data.
Write and maintain internal manuals, training materials, and systems documentation as well as publicly available map resources.