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Become A GIS Developer

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Working As A GIS Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A GIS Developer Do

A GIS Developer provides technical support and maintains and troubleshoots geographic information science programs. They can work in various fields, such as educational institutions, commercial organizations, or for the government.

How To Become A GIS Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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GIS Developer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    69.2%
  • Female

    19.9%
  • Unknown

    10.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    61.0%
  • Asian

    25.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.0%
  • Unknown

    5.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    22.2%
  • Swedish

    11.1%
  • Chinese

    11.1%
  • German

    11.1%
  • French

    11.1%
  • Mandarin

    11.1%
  • Korean

    11.1%
  • Italian

    11.1%
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Real GIS Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GIS Developer Panoramic Solutions Group, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2015 $198,265
GIS Developer Panoramic Solutions Group, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 07, 2015 $198,265
GIS Developer Genuent, LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2016 $198,265
GIS Developer Panoramic Staffing LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2013 $177,395
GIS Developer Global Software Resources, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 30, 2016 $156,525
GIS Developer, Senior Pacific Gas & Electric Co San Francisco, CA Jan 22, 2015 $132,080
Gis/Edi Developer Judge Technical Services Inc. Lake Mary, FL Apr 28, 2014 $129,394
GIS Developer, Senior Pacific Gas & Electric Company San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $125,445
GIS Developer Global Software Resources, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jan 27, 2015 $117,000
GIS Developer Global Software Resources, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 25, 2015 $117,000
Gis/Edi Developer Infolob Solutions, Inc. Lake Mary, FL May 12, 2014 $108,524
Senior GIS Developer Razavi Application Developers, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 17, 2014 $106,537
GIS Developer Futura Systems Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 08, 2016 $84,500
GIS Developer Vnuit LLC Walnut Creek, CA Jun 16, 2016 $84,000
Manager, Gis Development Cybertech Systems and Software, Inc. Redlands, CA Sep 14, 2016 $82,826
GIS Developer Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC. Irving, TX Mar 22, 2016 $82,000
GIS Developer Spatial Business Systems, Inc. Lakewood, CO Jun 01, 2016 $82,000
SR. GIS Developer Infotech Enterprises America, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 24, 2014 $81,515
GIS Developer Infotech Enterprises America, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 24, 2014 $81,515
Senior GIS Developer Logic Solutions Group LLC Houston, TX Feb 06, 2016 $81,500
GIS Developer Quantum Spatial Norcross, GA Mar 19, 2015 $73,500
GIS Developer Wendel WD Architecture, Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architectur Williamsville, NY Jul 25, 2016 $72,000
GIS Developer KCI Technologies Inc. MD Jan 01, 2015 $70,491
Data Scientist & GIS Developer Streetscan Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 31, 2016 $70,000
Data Scientist & GIS Developer Streetscan Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 20, 2016 $70,000
GIS Developer Cyient, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 10, 2014 $69,805
SR. GIS Developer Cyient, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 10, 2014 $69,805
GIS Developer Bergmann Associates Buffalo, NY Sep 28, 2013 $69,618 -
$69,638

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Top Skills for A GIS Developer

DatabaseWebServicesPl/SqlEsriArcgisArcgisJavascriptAPIC#.NETArcgisServerPythonScriptsMicrosoftSQLServerArcgisDesktopArcobjectsQueryArcsdeASPArcgisOnlineHtmlArcmapWindowsSDECAD

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Top GIS Developer Skills

  1. Database
  2. Web Services
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and update county GIS parcel database., cadastral maps, county road maps/atlas, and zoning maps.
  • Developed web services for network visibility.
  • Develop PL/SQL procedures and triggers to manage ArchiBus database updates and computations, SQL Server.
  • Involved in the development of Drawing Different Symbols and loading the images on to the Maps using ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript API.
  • Develop public-facing web map applications using the ArcGIS JavaScript API and ArcGIS Server services.

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