Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians


Also called : Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator), Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Sys

What they do


Assist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Geography
      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Computers and Electronics
      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics
      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    SKILLS


    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Complex Problem Solving
      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    ABILITIES


    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Near Vision
      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Independence
      Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Innovation
      Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Business intelligence and data analysis software

    • Cloud-based data access and sharing software

    • Cloud-based management software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Data base management system software

    • Data base reporting software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Development environment software

    • Document management software

    • Electronic mail software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Considerable Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Four-year bachelor degree

    • Experience

      A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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