Geographic information systems (GIS) technicians assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using GIS databases. GIS technicians may also perform some custom application development or provide user support. They design graphic representation of GIS data, use data to identify spatial relationships, and display results of analyses using maps, graphs, or models.TCC programs that are right for you:Drafting and Design Technology Programs
GIS technicians work primarily indoors on computers. However, mapping technicians must sometimes conduct research by using resources such as survey maps and legal documents to verify property lines and to obtain information needed for mapping. This task may require traveling to storage sites housing these legal documents, such as county courthouses or lawyers’ offices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of all GIS technicians is expected to grow 3 to 9 percent between 2010 and 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.
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