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Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.   (O'Net 15-1199.04)

 
Reported job titles:   Geographic Information Scientist, Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator), Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Application Specialist (GIS Application Specialist), Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Geographic Information Systems Data Administrator (GIS Data Administrator)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                          - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                          - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                          - Web Administrators
                          - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                          - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                          - Database Architects
                          - Data Warehousing Specialists
                          - Business Intelligence Analysts
                          - Information Technology Project Managers
                          - Search Marketing Strategists
                          - Video Game Designers
                          - Document Management Specialists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.93   $ 30.37   $ 38.68   $ 50.08   $ 54.38   $ 39.10  
    Yearly $41,450   $63,180   $80,460   $104,160   $113,110   $81,330  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.06   $ 31.35   $ 39.84   $ 52.78   $ 54.38   $ 40.62  
    Yearly $43,800   $65,210   $82,860   $109,780   $113,110   $84,490  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.05   $ 26.77   $ 35.27   $ 42.87   $ 48.71   $ 34.33  
    Yearly $33,380   $55,680   $73,360   $89,180   $101,330   $71,410  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 23.55   $ 34.14   $ 39.68   $ 42.11   $ 45.67   $ 37.37  
    Yearly $48,980   $71,020   $82,530   $87,580   $94,990   $77,720  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                  - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                  - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                  - Web Administrators
                                  - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                  - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                  - Database Architects
                                  - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                  - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                  - Information Technology Project Managers
                                  - Search Marketing Strategists
                                  - Video Game Designers
                                  - Document Management Specialists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 192 207 0.8% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                - Web Administrators
                                - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                - Database Architects
                                - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                - Information Technology Project Managers
                                - Search Marketing Strategists
                                - Video Game Designers
                                - Document Management Specialists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 33.8%
    Computer systems design and related services 11.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.9%
    Management of companies and enterprises 5.3%
    Insurance carriers and related activities 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Produce data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
     
  • Coordinate the development or administration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects, including the development of technical priorities, client reporting and interface, or coordination and review of schedules and budgets.
     
  • Provide technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
     
  • Create, analyze, report, convert, or transfer data, using specialized applications program software.
     
  • Design, program, or model Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications or procedures.
     
  • Provide technical support for computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Lead, train, or supervise technicians or related staff in the conduct of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical procedures.
     
  • Collect, compile, or integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
     
  • Meet with clients to discuss topics such as technical specifications, customized solutions, or operational problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • 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.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Computational Science. (NEW)
     
    • Computer Science.
     
    • Information Science/Studies.
     
    • Information Technology Project Management. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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