Work Nature

  • A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data. The key word to this technology is Geography – this means that some portion of the data is spatial. In other words, data that is in some way referenced to locations on the earth.
  • Coupled with this data is usually tabular data known as attribute data. Attribute data can be generally defined as additional information about each of the spatial features. An example of this would be schools. The actual location of the schools is the spatial data. Additional data such as the school name, level of education taught, student capacity would make up the attribute data.
  • It is the partnership of these two data types that enables GIS to be such an effective problem solving tool through spatial analysis.
  • Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
  • Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
    Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis, using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.
  • Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.
    Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.

 

Key Skills

  • ArcGIS
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Map study
  • Spatial ability

Occupations

  • GIS Physical Scientist (Geographic Information Systems Physical Scientist)
  • Geographic Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director)
  • GIS Geographer (Geographic Information Systems Geographer)
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)

Career Analysis

1 Fees
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2 Demand
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3 Salary
High
4 Level Of Preparation
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