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Geographic Information Systems Technicians

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Assist scientists, technologists, 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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
    • Confer with users to analyze, configure, or troubleshoot applications.
    • Recommend procedures or equipment or software upgrades to increase data accessibility or ease of use.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
    • Transfer or rescale information from original photographs onto maps or other photographs.
    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

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

    • 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.

    • 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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    • Ohio Annual Salary $80,130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $38.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,440
    • Yearly Projected Openings 490
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    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Independence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Scanners
    • Plotter printers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    • Web platform development software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Map creation software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
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