Geographic Information Systems Specialists
Geographic information systems specialists use computers to analyze and present information.
Geographic information systems (GIS) specialists often make maps that combine information from many sources. Their goal is to understand, interpret, and visualize data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.
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Education & Training
Associate degree is common.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
On the Job
Design graphics using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and software.
Maintain or modify existing GIS databases.
Analyze GIS data for spatial relationships. Use GIS data to displays results, using maps, graphs, and charts.
Enter data into GIS databases, using special techniques.
Review data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, and quality.
Perform geospatial modeling, using advanced techniques and software.
Integrate separate databases so that users can use information from both.
Design complex maps, using GIS.
Provide technical support to users or clients of GIS databases or software.
Interpret aerial photographs. Transfer or digitize photographs into software.
Confer with other specialists, technicians, and engineers about software and data.
Keep skills and knowledge up to date through attending conferences, reading literature, and continuing education.
Recommend changes or upgrades to equipment and software, when needed.
Science and Mathematics
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
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