GIS Analysts use geographic information system technology to identify assets, variables, and trends in different locations. Their work involves collaborating with computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, developing web apps and tools, and integrating GIS with other technologies. GIS analysts usually work regular business hours, with occasional weekend work necessary to meet important deadlines. Some amount of travel may be required for field work. Typically more for entry-level employees, this position often does not require significant research experience, ability to do advanced programming, or higher education. The GIS analyst position is well suited to analytical thinkers who enjoy statistics and numerical data, have good communication skills, and work well as part of a team.
Other responsibilities typically include:
- Convert paper maps into GIS data sets that can be used to identify where locations have been developed.
- Manipulate and analyze geographical information to be presented in reports or presentations.
- Maintain a geographical library in accordance with the latest trends and newest information.
- Develop internet apps and tools to present GIS data on corporate websites for clients.
- Study mathematical styles used in successful GIS plans, programs, and commodities, so that they can be applied or improved upon in other applications.