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Geographic Information Systems Technicians

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.   (O'Net 15-1199.05)

 
Reported job titles:   Business Analyst, Cartographer, Cartographic Technician, Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst), Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Geographic Information Systems Mapping Technician (GIS Mapping Technician)   (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 Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
     
  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
     
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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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.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • 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: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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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: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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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: Geographic Information Systems Technicians  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician.
     
    • Information Science/Studies.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Geographic Information Systems Technicians
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  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
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  • Computer Network Architects
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  • Computer Systems Analysts
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  • Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
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  • Mapping Technicians
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  • Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
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  • Software Developers, Systems Software
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  • Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Web Developers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Geographic Information Systems Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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