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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

GIS Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,475 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $73K
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GIS Analyst Career Path

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GIS Analyst Insights

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Environmental Resources ManagementEnvironmental Resources Management
Senior Consultant (GIS Specialist)
Sep. 13, 2021

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

Ruekert & MielkeRuekert & Mielke
GIS Analyst/Developer
Sep. 10, 2019

“Some of the people are great to work with and are the reason why I am still here.”

Seattle City Light
GIS Intern
Nov. 16, 2020

“I had a great supervisor who encouraged me to try new things and explore new areas where SCL could improve/adopt new technologies”

GIS Specialist
Apr. 22, 2020

“Work felt very collaborative and I had a great team to work with.”

GIS Analyst
Apr. 16, 2020

“Everyone was nice and helpful if I had any questions.”

Quantum SpatialQuantum Spatial
GIS Technician
May 19, 2021

“Flexible work schedule is nice”

Junior GIS Engineer, Reading
Mar. 15, 2021

“Repetitive work and not much opportunity for career progression”

City of Bend, OregonCity of Bend, Oregon
Planning Technician
Sep. 13, 2019

“Amazing work and life balance”

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