GIS Research and Consulting

Analyze. Advise. Design. If this sounds exciting, you may want to pursue a career as a GIS researcher or GIS consultant.

work as a GIS consultantWhat Does a Career in Research and Consulting Look Like?

Love geography, technology, data analysis and complex problem-solving? Graduates working in GIS research and consulting 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.

GIS Researcher and Consultant Salary and Forecast

Those working in GIS research and consulting 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 over the next 10 years.

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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 Research and Consulting?

Those working as a GIS consultant or a researcher typically have a four-year bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate. You will need years of experience to work as a consultant, so you will probably start with a job as an analyst or technician unless you go directly into research. Many researchers have a doctorate and work for universities before moving into a consultant role.

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GIS Research and Consultant Job Opportunities

You will find the following job titles may apply:

  • Geospatial Intelligence Subject Matter Expert
  • Geospatial Resource Analyst
  • GIS Research Specialist
  • GIS Consultant
  • GIS Expert

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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Perform research and advise GIS engineers, programmers, managers and program directors. Apply for the Master’s Degree in Geospatial Information Technology today to get the knowledge you need for the career you want.

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