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Working As A GIS Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $70,953

    Average Salary

What Does A GIS Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A GIS Analyst

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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GIS Analyst Career Paths

GIS Analyst
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Database Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior GIS Analyst GIS Manager Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Subject Matter Expert Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Product Manager Regional Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Security Officer Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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GIS Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

27.4%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.7%

French

13.9%

German

7.3%

Russian

5.3%

Italian

4.6%

Chinese

4.6%

Portuguese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.6%

Romanian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Hindi

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Persian

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Swahili

0.7%

Bambara

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Shona

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%
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GIS Analyst Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.3%

Texas State University

8.9%

Clark University

7.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.8%

Arizona State University

6.8%

Florida State University

6.3%

George Mason University

5.1%

University of Denver

5.1%

West Virginia University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Appalachian State University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

University of Arizona

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.3%
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Majors

Geography

54.3%

Environmental Science

10.1%

Geology

7.3%

Business

4.2%

Urban Planning

3.6%

Computer Science

3.1%

Information Sciences

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.7%

Natural Resources Management

1.5%

Information Technology

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%

Anthropology

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Forestry

1.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

33.8%

Other

9.0%

Certificate

5.7%

Associate

4.0%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Real GIS Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GIS Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 05, 2016 $127,379
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Oct 06, 2016 $117,546
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Oct 25, 2015 $114,515
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Aug 10, 2016 $113,959
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Sep 11, 2015 $110,000
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Dec 21, 2015 $108,009
GIS Analyst Online Image Elk Grove Village, IL Dec 14, 2016 $100,000
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Apr 20, 2016 $98,372
GIS Analyst Online Image San Jose, CA Dec 15, 2016 $95,626
GIS Analyst Online Image San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2016 $95,306
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Benton Harbor, MI Dec 12, 2016 $94,000
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Jun 22, 2015 $91,960
Gis-Analyst/Developer Saitech, Corp. Peoria, IL Sep 14, 2015 $72,000
GIS Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions LLC Richmond, VA Apr 28, 2016 $70,762
GIS Analyst W.M. Rice University Houston, TX Jan 07, 2016 $70,000
GIS Analyst Citilabs, Inc. Lafayette, CA Aug 14, 2016 $68,500
GIS Editor/Analyst Proactive Technical Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 31, 2015 $68,000
GIS Analyst Online Image San Jose, CA Dec 15, 2016 $66,742
GIS Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI Sep 30, 2015 $66,726 -
$107,000
GIS Analyst Online Image San Jose, CA Dec 23, 2016 $66,518
GIS Analyst/Developer Urban4M LLC Coral Gables, FL Sep 12, 2015 $60,000
Knowledge Analyst-GIS The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 26, 2016 $60,000 -
$80,000
GIS Analyst Citilabs, Inc. Lafayette, CA Aug 09, 2015 $59,259
GIS Analyst Fresno County Fire Protection District Sanger, CA Sep 11, 2015 $58,436
GIS Analyst Newfields Government Services, LLC Knoxville, TN Dec 02, 2016 $58,100
Planner/Gis Analyst Onyx of Alexandria, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 15, 2016 $56,472
GIS Analyst II/GEO Database Technician II Metropolitan Area Planning Council Boston, MA Mar 11, 2015 $56,445
Watershed Hydrology & GIS Analyst Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oviedo, FL Sep 08, 2015 $56,326

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Top Skills for A GIS Analyst

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  1. Arcgis
  2. Spatial Databases
  3. Geospatial Data
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  • Perform Geo-support task for Geologists/Geophysicist in an ArcGIS environment.
  • Improved several neglected spatial databases which facilitated more direct access to data.
  • Assisted with geospatial data collection and development of foundation feature databases.
  • Handled GPS data and converted, edited, and maintained raster layers for use in track and terrain elevation.
  • Converted and processed AutoCAD data into geographic data.

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