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Become A Geospatial Engineer

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Working As A Geospatial Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $107,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Geospatial Engineer Do At ESRI

* Assist in the design and development of data automation, data migration, and database development projects in a variety of domain-specific fields and international business environments
* Perform basic and advanced processing tasks using ArcGIS and other Esri products and extensions
* Build databases from imagery and cartographic/digital sources; support the development of GIS database designs
* Review, interpret, and utilize established production processes
* Perform map production tasks
* Write geoprocessing Python and SQL scripts
* Coordinate workflow with project/technical managers
* Demonstrated experience with Bentley Microstation and/or AutoCAD and data migration to geodatabases
* Proficiency with the Esri product line, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, and related desktop extensions
* Experience with automated cartography, computer science, programming, and spatial analysis
* Effective verbal and written communication skills
* Bachelor’s in geography, GIS, cartography, computer science, or a related field, depending on position level

What Does A Geospatial Engineer Do At SRA International, Inc., A CSRA Company

* Manage development efforts and provide technical support for geospatial software & components
* Develop geospatial requirements packages, CONOPS & data flows
* Review technical designs for geospatial components and advise the PM on potential technical issues with the designs
* Lead as PM representative in engineering discussions relating to any technical issues or design concerns
* Some travel to various sites to assist with development of geospatial components
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Geospatial Engineer

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.


Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in subjects such as general engineering principles, propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in partnership with regional businesses, which give students practical experience while they complete their education. Cooperative programs and internships enable students to gain valuable experience and to finance part of their education.

At some universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as an instructor at a university or to do research and development. Programs in aerospace engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to identify design elements that may not meet requirements and then must formulate alternatives to improve the performance of those elements.

Business skills. Much of the work done by aerospace engineers involves meeting federal government standards. Meeting these standards often requires knowledge of standard business practices, as well as knowledge of commercial law.

Critical-thinking skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to translate a set of issues into requirements and to figure out why a particular design does not work. They must be able to ask the right question, then find an acceptable answer.

Math skills. Aerospace engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Aerospace engineers use their education and experience to upgrade designs and troubleshoot problems when meeting new demands for aircraft, such as increased fuel efficiency or improved safety.

Writing skills. Aerospace engineers must be able both to write papers that explain their designs clearly and to create documentation for future reference.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an aerospace engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires:

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.


Eventually, aerospace engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers.

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Geospatial Engineer Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Chinese

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Real Geospatial Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Geospatial Engineer/Developer 510 Systems, LCC Berkeley, CA Apr 19, 2011 $118,000
SR Geospatial Engineer Novedea Systems, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Sep 27, 2016 $105,000
Geospatial Engineer PB Americas, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2011 $79,571
Geospatial Vision Engineer Trimble Navigation Limited Westminster, CO Oct 14, 2015 $77,854 -
Geospatial Engineer Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Apr 21, 2015 $66,300
Geospatial Engineer Geotel Communicatios LLC Lake Mary, FL Apr 01, 2015 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Geospatial Engineer


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Top Geospatial Engineer Skills

  1. Satellite Imagery
  2. Arc Catalog
  3. Multiple Geospatial Databases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Extract geographic data from collateral data sources such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, and digital data.
  • Created detailed 3D fly-thrus using Terra Builder, Terra Explorer, ENVI, Arc Map, Arc Globe and Arc Catalog.
  • Create and maintain multiple geospatial databases for storage of large volumes of geographic information.
  • Compiled and extracted geospatial data from remotely sensed imagery, digital data, and existing topographic products.
  • Help Commanders visualize the battlefield using tactical decision aides

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