Geographic Information Systems Technician

By Reese, Susan | Techniques, February 2018 | Go to article overview

Geographic Information Systems Technician


Reese, Susan, Techniques


GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) TECHNICIANS RESEARCH AND COLLECT GEOGRAPHIC data from numerous sources before then analyzing and adjusting that data for use in the development of maps, charts, reports and databases. They must be skilled in the use of computer programs, applications and GIS equipment in order to process geographic data in the most accurate manner possible and thus create the most up-to-date mapping. They may also provide support and assistance to surveyors, cartographers and photogrammetrists.

The Workplace

GIS technicians may work in the private sector or in the public sector for local, state or federal government agencies. GIS technology is being used, increasingly, in fields such as retail, public health, civil engineering, urban planning, environmental science, travel and homeland security. The Geospatial Information and Technology Association cites the widespread and diverse uses of geospatial technology as the cause for a major increase in opportunities in the commercial area.

Education

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) recommends that high school students interested in careers in GIS should study programs that emphasize, but are not limited to science and math. ASPRS also notes that there are a number of two-year academic and technical colleges that offer associate degree programs in GIS, surveying and photogrammetry, and this curricula can provide a good foundation for entering the workforce or transferring to other academic institutions. …

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