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Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Produce data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
    • Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
    • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
    • Provide technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
    • Perform computer programming, data analysis, or software development for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, including the maintenance of existing systems or research and development for future enhancements.
    • Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
    • Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
    • Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis, using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.
    • Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.
    • Perform integrated or computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses to address scientific problems.
    • Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.
    • Provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development, or operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, equipment, or applications.
    • Collect, compile, or integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
    • Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
    • Meet with clients to discuss topics such as technical specifications, customized solutions, or operational problems.
    • Document, design, code, or test Geographic Information Systems (GIS) models, internet mapping solutions, or other applications.
    • Create, analyze, report, convert, or transfer data, using specialized applications program software.
    • Confer with users to analyze, configure, or troubleshoot applications.
    • Design, program, or model Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications or procedures.
    • Develop specialized computer software routines, internet-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, or business applications to customize geographic information.
    • Make recommendations regarding upgrades, considering implications of new or revised Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, equipment, or applications.
    • Assist users in formulating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) requirements or understanding the implications of alternatives.
    • Create visual representations of geospatial data, using complex procedures such as analytical modeling, three-dimensional renderings, or plot creation.
    • Transfer or rescale information from original photographs onto maps or other photographs.
    • Prepare training materials for, or make presentations to, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users.
    • Apply three-dimensional (3D) or four-dimensional (4D) technologies to geospatial data to allow for new or different analyses or 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    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).

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 85860/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 41.28/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Scanners
    • Radarbased surveillance systems
    • Plotter printers
    • Desktop computers
    • Computer servers

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Map creation software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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