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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

  • $62,779

    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
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Application Services Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Geospatial Analyst Data Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior GIS Analyst GIS Manager Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Program Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
GIS Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Program Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Geospatial Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
GIS Consultant GIS Manager Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst Data Analyst Business Analyst
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
GIS Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
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GIS Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

29.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.7%

Asian

8.8%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

11.0%

Mandarin

6.1%

German

4.9%

Italian

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

Hindi

3.7%

Armenian

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Tamil

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

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

9.8%

Pennsylvania State University

8.6%

University of Denver

7.1%

Arizona State University

6.8%

Clark University

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Utah

4.9%

Florida State University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.1%

University of Wyoming

4.1%

University of Arizona

4.1%

University of Montana

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Colorado State University

3.8%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.4%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.4%
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Majors

Geography

52.6%

Environmental Science

11.2%

Geology

6.9%

Business

4.0%

Urban Planning

3.3%

Computer Science

2.6%

Anthropology

2.5%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Management

1.6%

Natural Resources Management

1.5%

Information Technology

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.1%

Political Science

0.9%

Information Systems

0.9%

Nursing

0.9%

Forestry

0.9%

Project Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

31.8%

Other

7.7%

Certificate

6.4%

Associate

5.0%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.7%

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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Top Skills for A GIS Specialist

DatabaseManagementGis/GpsCADEsriArcgisGeospatialAnalysisWebApplicationDataCollectionSpatialDataStandardsSpatialAnalysisInfrastructurePaperMapsMetadataSQLServerPythonEmergencyArc/InfoGeospatialDataMapProductionTechnicalSupportArcsde

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Top GIS Specialist Skills

  1. Database Management
  2. Gis/Gps
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Included report preparation, computerized database management, computerized mapping and conducting building inventory.
  • Provided training to Information Systems staff and Engineering staff on GIS/GPS technologies.
  • Position includes creation of GIS and AutoCAD figures for use in environmental reporting.
  • Create, modify and display computerized geographic data using ESRI ArcGIS software.
  • Key member of the data creation for Los Angeles World Airports terminal lease exhibit and web application.

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