Check out a sample of the 83 Geographic Information System (GIS) jobs posted on Upwork
This project involves identifying past and present crop patterns for a group of 14 islands in the Pacific with a total land area of 550…
We are looking for data technician who can help us with fixing topology erros in our dataset. School attendance boundaries provided for…
We built an animation tool that uses the Maplibre gl js library to animate a travel trip. I want to go from the Mercator Projection m…
Freelance Specialist for Sampling Area Creation using Google My Maps Description: We are seeking an experienced professional proficie…
Looking for someone to guide on a project on flood inundation mapping for an ungauged basin using HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS models. The idea…
Less than 30 hrs/week
3 to 6 months
ARC GIS with Survey 123 should be able to work in US time
Site Planning for a mobile home park USA Earthwork calculation for leveling Complete analysis of the land Septic tank identification…
Less than 30 hrs/week
Less than 1 month
To develop a model capable of detecting changes in pairs of satellite images, while applying knowledge transfer on the subject matter i…
Less than 30 hrs/week
1 to 3 months
We have app in Uzbekistan, we would like to use yandex or google map, we need traffic information extractor
Were acquiring residential lots for development and we will need land surveys for all of them over the next 2 years and the volume of w…
How to Become a GIS Analyst
Opportunities have always been good for those familiar with geospatial technology. Geographic information systems (GIS) leverage technological advancements and use them to map out and make plans for practically anywhere on earth.
From specialists working in large urban areas to rural industries such as forestry and agriculture, demand is growing for GIS technicians or analysts. But how exactly do you reach that point in your career?
In this detailed guide, we explain how to become a GIS analyst, the core GIS analyst job responsibilities, and the average hourly rates of GIS analysts on Upwork.
What does a GIS analyst do?
A GIS analyst manages all activities related to the design, development, implementation, and support of GIS projects. As a GIS analyst, you will also develop GIS task budgets and scope of work documents for inclusion in project proposals, manage GIS task progress and budgets, assist with project planning and coordination, and project scope of work development and project budgeting.
Furthermore, GIS analysts collect and process data for use in GIS applications, analyze data, and prepare technical and progress reports.
What qualifications and competencies do I need to become a GIS analyst?
GIS analysts are skilled in a variety of technologies. Strong problem-solving abilities, the capacity to multitask, and the capacity to think quickly are only some of the basic requirements for the position of GIS analyst:
- Knowledge of data collection, storage, and analysis methods, as well as the knowledge of cartography standards, drafting principles, and computer design and graphics software
- Good oral and verbal communication skills, including good listening skills, to communicate with technical and non-technical internal clients
- Good project management skills including communications coordination
- Knowledge of of advanced GIS principles, geoprocessing tools, and spatial database management techniques
- Hands-on experience with GIS programming and scripting languages including Python, SQL, JSON, HTML, CSS, or related programming languages
- Microsoft SQL Server, Structured Query Language (SQL) and its applications with GIS analysis and data/system integration
- The development, configuration, and optimization of web mapping services (preferably two years of experience with ArcGIS Server)
- Experience with spatial modeling, remote sensing, landscape mapping, and data analysis
- Ability to manage spatial data (e.g., relationship classes, topology) within geodatabases
- Superior attention to detail, accuracy, personal initiative, and considerable use of independent judgment
What are the core GIS analyst job responsibilities?
Using mapping software to evaluate geospatial data and create digital maps is one of the main responsibilities. This data is used by the analysts to decide how to use the land. GIS analysts also manage digital databases that contain geospatial information and predict likely geographic changes.
Depending on the project, GIS analysts may be required to serve as technical leads for the spatial enablement of the business unit’s GIS projects. Below is a detailed overview of what GIS analysts do on a daily basis:
- Configure GIS applications using standard software configuration tools
- Interpret and perform complex spatial analysis on GIS data layers to produce maps and reports
- Assist with spatial reports for geodatabase integrity, performance, and the property valuation process
- Design and administer multiple GIS spatial databases (enterprise geodatabases) using ESRI/SDE, SQL Server, ArcGIS Server/Portal, and other online data management tools
- Maintain the documentation of the GIS databases (including metadata), procedures, and business data integration requirements
- Develop and update data models, scripts, interfaces, and programs in support of importing/exporting and manipulating GIS data between various software systems and/or business applications
- Administer the GIS software licensing to ensure proper and efficient deployment, accessibility, and license utilization
- Monitor system performance and logs to troubleshoot and proactively adjust configuration settings to maximize GIS system performance, availability, and security
- Respond to technical questions from GIS users needing assistance and resolve problems
Should I get a GIS analyst degree or certification?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that GIS analyst career paths will see greater than average growth by 2029. So, the competition for openings becomes high. In such a competitive job market, many people are looking to boost their credentials and enhance their skill sets.
GIS professionals can benefit from several types of education or certifications to help position themselves more prominently on Upwork. Consider the options below to prove your expertise to employers on Upwork:
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in geographic information system (GIS), geography, environmental science, cartography, information science, urban planning, Earth science, computer science, or related field required
- The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam developed by GIS Certification Institute and Professional GIS Certificate by Michigan State University
Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyse and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.
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