Geographic Information Systems Specialists

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Geographic information systems (GIS) specialists are a subspecialty of geographers. They focus on the scientific theory of geographic information and analysis, and may research and develop new geographic information systems and applications. They combine computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and high-speed communications in the mapping, manipulation, storage, and selective retrieval of geographic data.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Digitizers, Geographic Information Officers, GIS Analysts, GIS Technicians
Duties Create and analyze maps using sophisticated computer systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • GIS Manager
  • Geographic Information Officer
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Technician
  • Digitizer

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