What does a Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist do?

Research or develop 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.

Jobs Roles

  • Perform integrated or computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses to address scientific problems.
  • Develop specialized computer software routines, internet-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, or business applications to customize geographic information.
  • Provide technical support for computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software.
  • Create visual representations of geospatial data using complex procedures, such as analytical modeling, three-dimensional renderings, or plot creation.
  • Perform 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.
  • Assist users in formulating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) requirements or understanding the implications of alternatives.
  • Collect, compile, or integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, such as remote sensing or cartographic data for inclusion in map manuscripts.
  • Conduct or coordinate research, data analysis, systems design, or support for software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping software.
  • Design, program, or model Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications or procedures.
  • Document, design, code, or test Geographic Information Systems (GIS) models, internet mapping solutions, or other applications.
  • Make recommendations regarding upgrades considering implications of new or revised Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, equipment, or applications.
  • Produce data layers, maps, tables, or reports, using spatial analysis procedures or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Coordinate 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.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
  • Lead, train, or supervise technicians or related staff in the conduct of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical procedures.
  • Prepare training materials for or make presentations to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users.
  • Provide technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to clients or users.
  • Create, edit, or analyze geospatial data, using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or digitizing techniques.
  • Create, analyze, report, convert, or transfer data, using specialized applications program software.
  • Conduct feasibility studies or identify system, time, equipment, or cost requirements for projects.
  • Coordinate or direct research or publication activities of technicians or related staff.
  • Meet with clients to discuss topics such as technical specifications, customized solutions, or operational problems.
  • Apply three-dimensional (3D) or four-dimensional (4D) technologies to geospatial data to allow for new or different analyses or applications.
  • Develop new applications for geospatial technology in areas such as farmland preservation, pollution measurement, or utilities operations management.
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