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Become A Geospatial Analyst

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Working As A Geospatial Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $57,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Geospatial Analyst Do

A Geospatial Analyst assists in researching and analyzing data compiled through a number of geographic systems. They create detailed maps and associated metadata.

How To Become A Geospatial Analyst

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.


Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.


Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.


Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Serbian

  • Croatian

  • Swedish

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Bosnian

  • Shona

  • Dakota

  • Persian

  • Tagalog

  • Italian

  • Korean

  • Cebuano

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Real Geospatial Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Geospatial Analyst/Consultant Tango Management Consulting, LLC Irving, TX Sep 26, 2012 $78,000
Geospatial Analyst II Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX Dec 17, 2016 $75,197
Geospatial Analyst II Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX Sep 01, 2015 $75,197
Senior Geospatial Analyst Newfields Atlanta, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 20, 2010 $72,000
SR. Geospatial Analyst Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Sep 10, 2015 $70,000 -
Geospatial Analyst II Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX May 07, 2016 $63,125
Geospatial Analyst II Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX Jul 18, 2016 $63,125
Senior Geospatial Analyst MDA Information Systems LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 29, 2012 $62,483 -
Geospatial Analyst Nycedc (New York City Economic Development Corporation) New York, NY May 12, 2016 $62,000
Geospatial Analyst Marshall University Huntington, WV Aug 30, 2014 $59,867
Geospatial Analyst Merrick & Company Greenwood Village, CO Jul 01, 2014 $58,514
Geospatial Analyst Geospatial Professional Solutions Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Apr 13, 2016 $57,500
Geospatial Analyst Geospatial Professional Solutions, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Oct 02, 2014 $57,500
Geospatial Analyst II Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX Jun 16, 2015 $57,387
Senior Geospatial Analyst MDA Federal Inc. Rockville, MD Mar 14, 2010 $57,096
Geospatial Analyst Insurance Services Office, Inc. Lexington, MA Oct 09, 2016 $56,576 -
Geospatial Analyst-Client Solution Provider Boyle Consulting Engineers PLLC Charlotte, NC Jul 09, 2016 $50,000
Geospatial Analyst Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Dec 09, 2010 $49,920

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Top Skills for A Geospatial Analyst


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Top Geospatial Analyst Skills

  1. Satellite Imagery
  2. Intelligence Products
  3. GIS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored satellite imagery and developed organizational database(s) in support of classified humanitarian, military, and governmental missions.
  • Provided over 4,500 intelligence products.
  • Incorporated knowledge of client requirements, cartography, geography, planning, and public administration to accomplish mapping and GIS tasks.
  • Edge matching, QA, feature classification, and image interpretation.
  • Contributed geospatial data to more than 20 intelligence reports.

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