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GIS Specialist

Average Salary: $40,217

“GIS” stands for Geographic Information Systems. It uses the power of computers to analyze geographic information and to display the data in maps, graphs, and tables. The water sector needs GIS specialists to provide detailed maps of the locations affected by the water supply and delivery system. The GIS specialist’s work includes:

  • understanding how geography relates to engineering and planning issues;
  • using specialized computers, software, and databases to produce easily understandable maps and graphs from technical data;
  • using remote sensing and imagery processes and techniques;
  • interpreting satellite pictures.

Education: Four-year degree with a major in land survey, geography, civil engineering, urban planning, or information systems
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Certificates, licenses: No
Desirable traits and skills: Strong in math, analytical, organizational, computer, and visual skills. Must have a good sense of two-dimensional and three-dimensional space

For more information:
Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA)
14456 East Evans Avenue
Aurora, CO 80014  

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 100
Bethesda, MD 20814-2122