The GIS technical specialist's job focuses on specific types of mapping like marine and aeronautical mapping, topographic mapping, archaeological mapping, statistical mapping, or mapping for environmental planning using a specific type of mapping technology like Global Positioning System (GPS) or remote sensing technology.
There are various sub-divisions of the job of a Geographical Information System (GIS) technical specialist and a GIS specialist has lots of responsibilities and duties. Some of these are listed below:
- Compiling geographic records from an array of sources including satellite imagery, aerial photographs, existing maps and field observation databases
- Designing, maintaining and updating the records of censuses, geographical statistics and geographical information
- Communicating with clients regularly to identify their data needs and preparing the requisite outputs
- Developing GIS software based on software packages
- Managing the progress and application of new GIS software packages
- Suggesting ideas to the local governments about the geographical changes in the location and making them aware of future scopes and possible endeavors
A minimum of 4 to 8 years of experience in the field of GIS lends a candidate the potential to successfully land a senior GIS technical specialist's job with a reputable organization.
Some skills that are helpful to have are:
- Excellent research skill in the field of GIS
- Effective problem solving skills with the possession of sound theoretical knowledge to be applied on the current issues
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Ability to work in different fields
- Capability of programming with innovative ideas and in small time-frames
In the current scenario with an ever-growing population, the local governments are facing some of the greatest challenges in providing transportation networks, infrastructure management, medical aid, sewer lines, etc. to the populace. The GIS technical specialists play a vital role in providing suitable suggestions regarding the above-mentioned areas, since they are directly related to the geographical locations. GIS specialists help in planning, urban renewal, economic development issues and public safety. GIS technical specialists can also find good employment options with business firms since GIS an essential tool for marketing, identifying new locations and taking distribution decisions.