Career outlook for geographical information systems (GIS) officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
A geographic information system (GIS) is designed to capture, store, analyse and present a range of complex geographical data. It’s like a modern version of a map but with the ability to show ever-changing information such as floods, fires or the expected route of a hurricane.
As a GIS officer you’d use these systems to collect data and use it to help make long term plans. This could be anything from assisting with disaster responses by assessing the number of people affected in a particular area to assessing the environmental impact of building and planning applications.
The data you’d use could come in various formats including cartographic (maps), photographic or digital images from things like satellites. You would have to use GIS technology to combine all these data types onto one map and use this to gather information or highlight patterns.
You could work in government, commerce and industry and help make decisions about long-term planning and development.
Things you might do:
- Capture the location of things such as bridges, street lights, road barriers and flood defences using a range of Global Positioning System (GPS) tools
- Prepare graphic representations of data in the form of maps, graphs or tables, using GIS hardware or software applications
- Maintain and update existing GIS databases
- Be able to use various methods of analysis, data manipulation and cartography software
- Use tools to join different types of GIS data and create new information in order to investigate patterns
- Work with clients to find out what information they need and how best to get it
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