GIS Data Management

Design complex GIS data applications. Manage a team of analysts and technicians. If this sounds exciting, you may want to pursue a career in GIS data management.

GIS data management jobs, work in GIS data, GIS technicianWhat Does a Career in GIS Data Management Look Like?

Love geography, technology, data analysis and complex problem-solving? Graduates working in GIS data management are responsible for the following:

  • Design or prepare graphic representations of GIS data using GIS hardware or software applications.  
  • Analyze GIS data with an eye towards spatial relationships.
  • Communicate results of analyses through maps and graphs.  
  • Maintain or modify existing GIS databases.  
  • Evaluate existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality or completeness.
  • Supervise, train and direct interns and data technicians and inexperienced analysts.

GIS Data Management Salary and Forecast

Those working in GIS data analysis can expect to earn a median salary of $86,330.

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Job opportunities in this field are forecasted to grow at a rate of 4.2% per year.

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This occupation is highlighted as a “bright outlook” position because job opportunities are anticipated to rise rapidly in the near future.

What Education is Required to Work in GIS Data Management?

Those working in GIS data management typically have a four-year bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate. You may be able to get an entry-level job as a cartographer or GIS data technician in this field with only a bachelor’s degree, but you will typically need additional education to advance to an analyst position, and even more experience and potentially more education to advance to a management position.

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GIS Data Manager Job Opportunities

As you gain experience, you may qualify for higher level positions that include titles such as “manager,” “coordinator,” or “supervisor.” The following are similar job titles (some of which require more or less education and experience than others):

  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
  • Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator)
  • Geospatial Program Management Officer

Students also have access to ePACK, the job and internship repository for NC State students. A few of the more prominent job blogs are highlighted below.

The GIS Jobs Map: Interactive map cataloging GIS positions in the US and several countries.

The GIS Jobs ClearinghouseSummary of numerous other job sites

Opportunities with EsriStudent Jobs and Internships with Esri

Triangle Area GIS: A job blog for geospatial careers in the Triangle Area of NC

MyGISJobs.com: National Job Blog

Geojobs.biz: Geospatial Career Portal

GIS Jobs: Job blog with resume posting capabilities

URISA Jobs: Job blog hosted by URISA

Opportunities by Industry

A master’s degree in GIS is a very powerful degree that opens up career options in several industries. Learn more about GIS careers in the following industries:

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