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Working As A GIS Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,372

    Average Salary

What Does A GIS Specialist Do

A GIS Specialist plans, develops, and implements systems and databases for storing and accessing geospatial data. They create maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment.

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GIS Specialist Career Paths

GIS Specialist
Senior GIS Analyst GIS Manager Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
GIS Consultant GIS Manager Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Data Specialist Data Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Data Specialist Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
GIS Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Geospatial Analyst All-Source Analyst Purchasing Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Geospatial Analyst Data Manager Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
GIS Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
GIS Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst
Senior GIS Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
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GIS Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

68.1%

Female

29.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.2%

French

11.6%

Mandarin

5.8%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

3.5%

Chinese

3.5%

Hindi

3.5%

Armenian

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Tamil

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Telugu

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Shona

1.2%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Bulgarian

1.2%
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GIS Specialist Education

Schools

Texas State University

9.7%

Pennsylvania State University

8.2%

University of Denver

7.5%

Arizona State University

6.7%

Michigan State University

5.2%

University of Utah

5.2%

Florida State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Clark University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

University of Wyoming

4.1%

University of Montana

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

Colorado State University

3.7%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.4%
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Majors

Geography

52.6%

Environmental Science

11.2%

Geology

6.4%

Business

4.5%

Urban Planning

3.8%

Computer Science

2.7%

Anthropology

2.5%

Civil Engineering

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Information Technology

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Natural Resources Management

1.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.1%

Information Systems

1.0%

Political Science

1.0%

Nursing

0.9%

Forestry

0.9%

Project Management

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

33.0%

Other

7.9%

Certificate

5.9%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real GIS Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
GIS Specialist/Applications Programmer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Aug 18, 2016 $143,000
GIS Specialist/Applications Programmer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Sep 04, 2015 $143,000
GIS Specialist Shell Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Sep 08, 2014 $111,000
GIS Specialist Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2015 $100,000
Senior GIS Specialist Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. Wallingford, CT Nov 15, 2016 $93,600
GIS Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 05, 2013 $91,000
GIS Specialist Red Bull North America Santa Monica, CA Aug 03, 2016 $89,856
GIS Specialist V Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Falls Church, VA Jan 31, 2011 $86,424
Project GIS Specialist Waterborne Environmental, Inc. Leesburg, VA May 01, 2013 $84,500
GIS Specialist Indus Corporation Kansas City, MO Jan 23, 2011 $83,845
GIS Specialist Prince William County Service Authority Woodbridge, VA Aug 12, 2015 $81,535 -
$101,084
GIS Specialist V Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Raleigh, NC Oct 01, 2011 $77,771
GIS Specialist Aecom Technical Services Inc. Arlington, VA Jan 04, 2011 $75,400
GIS Specialist Fluid Inclusion Technologies, Inc. Broken Arrow, OK Sep 06, 2014 $65,000
GIS Specialist IV Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 21, 2011 $63,918
GIS Specialist Laksan Technologies, LLC Edison, NJ May 19, 2014 $63,300 -
$73,300
GIS Specialist Laksan Technologies, LLC Edison, NJ Sep 11, 2014 $63,300 -
$73,300
GIS Specialist IV CDM Smith Inc. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2015 $63,274
GIS Specialist IV CDM Smith Inc. Austin, TX Dec 23, 2015 $63,274
GIS Specialist IV Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Austin, TX Jul 10, 2011 $63,045
Project GIS Specialist MacTec Engineering and Consulting, Inc. Oakland, CA Oct 01, 2011 $62,795 -
$82,795
GIS Specialist URS Corporation Clifton, NJ Aug 12, 2015 $55,264
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates, Inc. Norcross, GA Jul 20, 2015 $54,763
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates Norcross, GA May 18, 2015 $54,588
GIS Specialist/Historian Brockington and Associates, Inc. Norcross, GA Jul 06, 2015 $54,588
Senior GIS Specialist Coastal Environments Incorporated Baton Rouge, LA Sep 27, 2014 $53,560
GIS Specialist URS Corporation Albuquerque, NM Aug 31, 2012 $53,260
GIS Specialist Regional Plan Association New York, NY Jul 15, 2011 $53,000

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  1. Database
  2. Arcgis
  3. GPS
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  • Performed transportation mapping, modeling and spatial database creation relevant to government projects.
  • Conduct spatial analysis utilizing various ArcGIS extensions including spatial analyst, network analyst and 3d analyst.
  • Collected GPS field data of five counties in New Mexico as part of a statewide Enhanced-911 implementation effort.
  • Major contributor in the planning and conversion of enterprise-wide migration from ArcGIS 9.3.1 to ArcGIS 10 and all associated integrated systems.
  • Developed, certified, and archived geospatial data and related information into natural resources databases.

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Top 10 Best States for GIS Specialists

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  4. Maryland
  5. New Hampshire
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