What does a GIS Analyst do?

Geographic information systems (GIS) analysts work at the intersection of cartography, programming, and data analysis. They analyze spatial data through mapping software and design digital maps with geographic data and various other data sets. They are tasked with discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping and developing mapping applications and tools and managing a digital library of geographic maps in various file types. They use their findings to explain geographic trends to clients.

GIS analysts assess spatial data by mapping software and discovering patterns and trends. They design digital maps with geographic data and other sources and create shape files that merge topographical data with external data. They produce reports on geographic data using data visualizations and perform data munging and cleaning to convert data into its desired form. GIS analysts need a degree in computer science, geography, surveying, engineering, or related fields and proficiency with database programming languages including SQL or Python. They also need proficiency with front-end design languages including HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

What responsibilities are common for GIS Analyst jobs?
  • Manage and review all technology supplier contracts, including software contracts.
  • This is a non-merit system, employment-at-will, long-term contract position.
  • Work with members of the governance body to design, develop, and implement a uniform GIS information architecture.
  • Prepare departmental business plans, budgets workload forecasting reports and staffing plans.
  • Manage timelines and expectations, delegating tasks, and assembly/delivery of final deliverables.
  • Where appropriate, develop new and innovative solutions that are actionable, value-adding, and contribute to drive profitable revenue growth.
  • May investigate new data, establish and improve workflows, create templates, and builds.
  • Help to establish mechanisms for coordinated data development, sharing and information exchange.
  • Administer relational databases to support enterprise geodatabase hosting with respect to storage, security, optimization, tracing.
  • Track and analyze performance results from standard and customized business reports.
  • Define and execute plans to incorporate policies and procedures into daily operations and systems design.
  • May lead project teams and/or plan and supervise assignments.
  • Define meeting agendas and schedule meetings regarding the GIS platform with partners and vendors.
  • Submit and track requests to vendors and handle incidents as the NGS Technology point of contact.
  • Interface directly with other department staff to determine its needs, make recommendations and perform project lead responsibilities.
  • Contribute to achieving the plan and actively support development and execution of commission-wide annual action items.
  • Gather and maintain knowledge of all mapping information and available resources in order to efficiently provide customers with tools to meet requests.
  • Present spatial data in graphic form and prepare technical documentation/reports of analysis and findings to submit to requesting staff.
  • Design accurate, logically-formatted map layouts by placing and editing appropriate annotation and symbols on the maps using proper size and font.
  • Develop and uses effective mechanisms to report application development activities.
  • Read technical journals, magazines, and other sources to stay abreast of GIS technology developments.
What are the typical qualifications for GIS Analyst jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, engineering or gis, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with AutoCAD, CAD, Javascript, Agile, Qgis, GIS, SQL, Python, and Geo Database software and systems.
  • Can problem solve with attention to detail and collaboration skills.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • Familiar with datasets, scripting, and editing.
  • Experience with relational databases.
  • Comfortable surveying and developing a robust pipeline.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

GIS Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,663 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$49K
Median: $74K
$110K
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GIS Analyst Career Path

Learn how to become a GIS Analyst, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

GIS Analyst
$73,663/yr
Senior GIS Analyst
$95,290/yr
GIS Analyst IV
$72,377/yr
GIS Analyst

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
19%
5 - 7
6%
8+
65%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

GIS Analyst Insights

Read what GIS Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Environmental Resources ManagementEnvironmental Resources Management
Senior Consultant (GIS Specialist)
Sept 13, 2021

“I believe the staff here really supports one another and you have the freedom to grow and strengthen your skill sets”

GPS Lands GPS Lands
Geospatial Intern
May 7, 2022

“Not sure whether it is a good place to stay for long term career development.”

SANDAGSANDAG
GIS Analyst
Dec 2, 2021

“My team is amazing and I have always been impressed by the professionalism and level of talent here.”

Timmons GroupTimmons Group
GIS Analyst
Jan 19, 2021

“I had good interactions with my project teams there and felt they were always well organized.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Geospatial Analyst
May 13, 2022

“Flexible opportunity to serve your country as well as move forward in your civilian career.”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
GIS Technician
Jan 8, 2021

“Working from home because of COVID gave a great work life balance and the quality of my personal life greatly improved.”

TomTomTomTom
GIS Analyst
Dec 13, 2021

“My team mates are nice and cool to work with.”

GISKernel TechnologiesGISKernel Technologies
Senior GIS Developer
Jan 6, 2022

“The best thing I found in this company is the loyalty towards clients and openness towards employees.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a GIS Analyst

When working as a GIS Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Python GIS, Surveying, GIS/Mapping, Python Scripting and GeoDatabase.

The most similar professions to GIS Analyst are:
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Manager
  • GIS Technician
  • Delivery Manager

The most common qualifications to become a GIS Analyst is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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