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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST CAREER INFORMATION

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Geographic information specialists are mapping specialists who use geographic information system (GIS) technology to assemble, integrate, and display data about a particular location in a digital format. They also use GIS technology to compile information from a variety of sources.

Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) is a multifaceted, information science which incorporates the use of advanced technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing (RS), geographic information systems (GIS), and mobile technologies to analyze, investigate, and organize spatial aspects of our world. GIST is presently being used across a broad cross-section of occupations and disciplines that necessitate the analysis of spatial data, geo-visualization, and spatial awareness. GIST is essential in fields such as emergency response, homeland security, land use planning, environmental analysis, landscape ecology, agro-science, criminology, hydrology, business, logistics, geology, and energy. As a continually evolving industry sector Geospatial Information Science and Technology industry is diverse, innovative and adaptive in the incorporation of technological advances to meet the continuum of user requirements.

CAREER OUTLOOK


Occupation

Employment (2010)

Projected Growth (2010-2020)

Projected Growth Rate (2010-2020)

Geospatial Information Technician*

210,000

51,600

3 to 9%

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists*

30,000

13,300

3 to 9%

Remote Sensing Technicians*

62,000

33,500

10 to 19%

Geodetic Surveyors*

51,000

24,200

20 to 28%

Mapping Technicians

57,000

20,000

10 to 19%

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

14,000

6,100

20 to 28%

Totals

424,000

148,700

 

Geospatial Occupations Defined by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.  *New occupations established late 2009

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Computer Occupations, All Other

209,700 222,000 +6% 5,160

California

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

All other computer specialists

33,200 38,200 +15% 1,220

Wage Data

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$20.27

$28.79 $38.43 $48.51 $57.07

Yearly

$42,200

$59,900 $79,900 $100,900 $118,700

California

Hourly

$19.67

$29.22 $40.46 $51.66 $62.69

Yearly

$40,900

$60,800 $84,200 $107,500 $130,400

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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National Data Source: 
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Last updated: 6/28/2013 11:50:47 AM