GIS Analyst/GIS Technician
Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environment and Society
Overview: Mapping technicians - GIS analyst and technicians - work primarily indoors on computers. GIS analysts/ GIS technicians use geographic information systems and its applications to make maps for a variety of purposes. They often take a large amount of information and create maps to make that information a lot more digestible for those who use the maps. Geographers make great GIS analysts/ GIS technicians because not only are they often trained in geographic information systems, but they have a firm understanding of spatial relations and how to properly display spatial data. GIS analysts/ GIS technicians are unique because they must apply geography concepts to a wide range of topics in order to produce maps.
Geographers at Work: Geographic Information System Specialists, Remote Sensing Specialists, Physical Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing
Skills: GIS. Geospatial technologies. Data management. GPS.
Occupation Group: Computer and Information Technology & Architecture and Engineering
Learn more about GIS analysts/technicians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/surveying-and-mapping-technicians.htm
Written by Kaleigh Shuler