Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Researches and develops geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning or military intelligence.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Produces data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Coordinates the development or administration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects, including the development of technical priorities, client reporting and interface, or coordination and review of schedules and budgets.
  • Provides technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
  • Creates, analyzes, reports, converts, or transfers data, using specialized applications program software.
  • Designs, programs, or models Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications or procedures.
  • Provides technical support for computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software.
  • Leads, trains, or supervises technicians or related staff in the conduct of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical procedures.
  • Performs computer programming, data analysis, or software development for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, including the maintenance of existing systems or research and development for future enhancements.
  • Collects, compiles, or integrates Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
  • Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, continues education, or participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst) --
  • Geographic Information Systems Administrator (GIS Administrator) --
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst) -- Works with large databases containing spatial information, such as satellite images and aerial photographs, using this information to make maps or develop specialized software or analyze data for scientific, commercial or planning purposes.
  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator) --
  • Geographic Information Systems Director (GIS Director) --
  • Geographic Information Systems Manager (GIS Manager) --
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GIS Specialist) --
  • Geospatial Intelligence Subject Matter Expert --
  • Geospatial Program Management Officer --
  • Resource Analyst --