Geographic Information Systems Specialists

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.


Quick Facts
Duties Create and analyze maps using sophisticated computer systems
Alternate Title(s) Digitizers, Geographic Information Officers, GIS Analysts, GIS Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
Experience Participating in an internship or co-op during college will be useful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • GIS Manager
  • Geographic Information Officer
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Technician
  • Digitizer