Senior GIS Management

Imagine innovative uses of geospatial data systems. Make high-level decisions about geospatial projects, influencing the building, modifying and maintenance of complex GIS applications and databases. If this sounds exciting, you may want to pursue a career in senior GIS management.

Work in data management GISWhat Does a Career in Senior GIS Management Look Like?

Plan, direct or coordinate activities on a high level in geospatial information systems and technology. Graduates working in senior GIS management are responsible for the following:

  • Direct daily operations of department, analyzing workflow, establishing priorities, developing standards and setting deadlines.  
  • Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors and vendors to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.  
  • Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.  
  • Assign and review the work of GIS technicians, analysts and programmers.
  • Make decisions regarding types of information analyzed, how results are presented and shared and what types of software and tools are used.
  • Address and manage budgetary issues.
  • Evaluate existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality or completeness.

Senior GIS Management Salary and Forecast

Those working in senior management positions can expect to earn a median salary of $132,290.

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Job opportunities in this field are forecasted to grow at a rate of 25.7% per year.

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What Education is Required to Work in Senior GIS Management?

Those working in senior GIS 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 in this field with only a bachelor’s degree, but you will typically need additional education to advance to management positions.

Most professionals working as a senior GIS manager started as a GIS technician or data analyst, progressed to a position as a GIS data manager (through additional education and experience), and then were promoted to a senior management position. You may need to pursue additional education specific to your industry to work in a senior position as this is a knowledge-heavy field. You will also need to develop experience with budgets and project management.

GIS manager education requirements

Senior GIS Manager Job Opportunities

As you gain experience, you may qualify for higher level positions that include titles such as “manager,” “coordinator,” or “supervisor.” Senior GIS management positions may be listed as the following:

  • Geographic Information Officer (GIO)
  • Geospatial Information Systems Director (GIS Director)
  • Geospatial Information Systems Manager (GIS Manager)
  • Geospatial Information Systems Supervisor (GIS Supervisor)

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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