Geographic Information System Tech

A Geographic Information System (“GIS”) is used for a wide variety of purposes. The most commonly known use of GIS is road maps. Fire police and ambulance dispatch departments use GIS to help them determine the best way to reach the public in case of an emergency. Many other industries utilize GIS in ways that assist them to be more effective which is why the professional field of GIS has become extremely popular. The primary responsibilities of a geographic information systems technician who is commonly called a “GIS Technician” are collecting data and inputting it into a GIS system. The data is stored in the GIS system and then used to generate and build geographic databases. In order to complete this job successfully a geographic information systems technician must be knowledgeable about GIS terminology know how to use various types of GIS computer applications and be able to read and interpret digital mapping information. They may be responsible for preparing reports and other documents or exhibits based on the information generated from the geographic database. A bachelor’s degree is required for a career as a geographic information system technician and the most common college majors include engineering computer science or geography. Many choose to obtain a graduate degree in this field in order to increase their earning potential or advance their career to a higher level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the career outlook for geographic information system technicians is expected to be high due to the demand for accurate geographic data in numerous sectors across the world. The yearly salary average for this career according to www.payscale.com is between $28454 and $58156.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $43305
High Salary: $58156
Low Salary: $28454
Tasks: Creates customized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications.
Reads and interprets maps.
Maintains geographic information systems.
Guarantees accurate geographic data.
Also Called: GIS Technician
Geographer
Engineer
Computer Scientist
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/GIS_Technician_Job_Description_and_Info_About_Becoming_a_GIS_Technician.html
http://www.giscrossing.com/video/3679/GIS-Technician-Jobs-Video/
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Geographic_Information_Systems_(GIS)_Technician/Hourly_Rate