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GIS SPECIALIST, IN-DEPTH: Find The Right Fit

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Bala is a GIS Specialist. He discusses some of the things he likes and the challenges he encounters.

Degree: Geography
Job Title: GIS Specialist

Job Summary: Geographers

Job Description

Geographers study the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures as they relate to geography. They study the physical or human geographic characteristics or both of a region, ranging in scale from local to global.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the GIS Certification Institute.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$45,000 - $105,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Remote, Travel, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills

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m='16770'>work</span> <span m='17770'>with</span> <span m='17950'>different</span> <span m='18260'>projects.</span> <span m='18960'>It's</span> <span m='19180'>never</span> <span m='19690'>boring</span> <span m='20150'>because</span> <span m='21290'>special</span> <span m='21510'>information</span> <span m='22240'>could</span> <span m='22400'>be</span> <span m='22540'>applied</span> <span m='23250'>in</span> <span m='23410'>any</span> <span m='23630'>environment,</span> <span m='24090'>in</span> <span m='24550'>any</span> <span m='25140'>project,</span> <span m='25740'>in</span> <span m='25840'>any</span> <span m='26040'>discipline.</span> </p><p><span m='27170'>It's</span> <span m='27350'>just</span> <span m='27570'>knowing</span> <span m='28030'>what</span> <span m='28410'>the</span> <span m='28530'>person</span> <span m='28910'>wants</span> <span m='29340'>and</span> <span m='30020'>trying</span> <span m='30240'>to</span> <span m='30320'>answer</span> <span m='30700'>their</span> <span m='30910'>questions.</span> <span m='31390'>the</span> <span m='31490'>best</span> <span m='31680'>way</span> <span m='32470'>they</span> <span m='32590'>know</span> <span m='32720'>it.</span> <span m='33270'>GIS</span> <span m='33730'>is</span> <span m='33850'>all</span> <span m='34140'>over.</span> <span m='34380'>Geography's</span> <span m='34970'>all</span> <span m='35230'>over</span> <span m='35450'>us.</span> <span m='36180'>It's</span> <span m='36340'>just</span> <span m='36820'>what</span> <span m='37030'>are</span> <span m='37070'>we</span> <span m='37200'>looking?</span> <span m='37540'>At</span> <span m='37660'>what</span> <span m='37770'>are</span> <span m='37820'>we</span> <span m='37950'>viewing?</span> <span m='38830'>What</span> <span m='39100'>questions</span> <span m='39410'>are</span> <span m='39450'>we</span> <span m='39590'>trying</span> <span m='39800'>to</span> <span m='39870'>answer?</span> <span m='40820'>It's</span> <span m='40980'>all</span> <span m='41150'>about</span> <span m='41420'>space.</span> <span m='41770'>And</span> <span m='41860'>that's</span> <span m='42060'>what</span> <span m='42480'>GIS</span> <span m='42650'>is</span> <span m='42990'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='43390'>I</span> <span m='43790'>started</span> <span m='44200'>in</span> <span m='44390'>undergrad.</span> <span m='45850'>And</span> <span m='46040'>I</span> <span m='46070'>was</span> <span m='46210'>a</span> <span m='46260'>geography</span> <span m='46740'>major.</span> <span m='48580'>And</span> <span m='51230'>I</span> <span m='51340'>was just</span> <span m='51570'>looking</span> <span m='51820'>for</span> <span m='51930'>something</span> <span m='52280'>more</span> <span m='52500'>to</span> <span m='52580'>do</span> <span m='52820'>than</span> <span m='53040'>just</span> <span m='53890'>the</span> <span m='53980'>normal</span> <span m='54390'>geography.</span> <span m='54980'>The</span> <span m='55100'>thought</span> <span m='55530'>was,</span> <span m='55850'>oh,</span> <span m='56330'>you do</span> <span m='56460'>geography.</span> <span m='56755'>You'll</span> <span m='57050'>be</span> <span m='57200'>a</span> <span m='57260'>teacher.</span> <span m='58570'>And</span> <span m='58970'>GIS</span> <span m='59400'>came</span> <span m='59730'>and</span> <span m='59850'>changed</span> <span m='60120'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='61170'>So</span> <span m='62570'>it's</span> <span m='62750'>more</span> <span m='62900'>like</span> <span m='64090'>it</span> <span m='64450'>feels</span> <span m='64650'>like</span> <span m='64769'>a</span> <span m='65459'>professional--</span> <span m='67100'>well,</span> <span m='67460'>it</span> <span m='67580'>just</span> <span m='67740'>feels</span> <span m='67980'>different.</span> <span m='69710'>That's</span> <span m='69910'>what I'll</span> <span m='70130'>just</span> <span m='70220'>say.</span> <span m='71310'>I</span> <span m='71420'>don't</span> <span m='71570'>think</span> <span m='71720'>it's</span> <span m='71890'>that</span> <span m='72190'>difficult.</span> <span m='72680'>I</span> <span m='72790'>think</span> <span m='73330'>it</span> <span m='73440'>depends</span> <span m='73930'>on</span> <span m='74960'>what</span> <span m='75140'>you</span> <span m='75350'>want</span> <span m='75570'>to</span> <span m='75640'>do.</span> <span m='78675'>As</span> <span m='79010'>any</span> <span m='79260'>other</span> <span m='80160'>discipline</span> <span m='80660'>or</span> <span m='80990'>course</span> <span m='81260'>you</span> <span m='81380'>take,</span> <span m='82020'>it</span> <span m='82120'>depends</span> <span m='82430'>on</span> <span m='82520'>where</span> <span m='82660'>you</span> <span m='82820'>want</span> <span m='82990'>to</span> <span m='83050'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='84360'>And</span> <span m='85320'>I</span> <span m='85490'>think</span> <span m='85930'>if</span> <span m='86070'>you</span> <span m='86200'>want</span> <span m='86340'>to</span> <span m='86400'>work</span> <span m='86580'>for</span> <span m='86700'>a good</span> <span m='86900'>company,</span> <span m='87640'>looking</span> <span m='87930'>for</span> <span m='88020'>the</span> <span m='88140'>right</span> <span m='88380'>fit</span> <span m='89020'>matters</span> <span m='89390'>a</span> <span m='89460'>lot.</span> <span m='90214'>And</span> <span m='91830'>I</span> <span m='91960'>know</span> <span m='92180'>people</span> <span m='92470'>who</span> <span m='92600'>graduated</span> <span m='92870'>from</span> <span m='93020'>college</span> <span m='93960'>are</span> <span m='94080'>working</span> <span m='94490'>for</span> <span m='95810'>local</span> <span m='96140'>government.</span> <span m='96520'>And</span> <span m='96710'>the</span> <span m='96830'>type</span> <span m='97000'>of</span> <span m='97070'>work</span> <span m='97220'>they</span> <span m='97310'>do</span> <span m='97470'>is</span> <span m='97580'>kind</span> <span m='97740'>of</span> <span m='98050'>different.</span> </p><p><span m='98430'>So</span> <span m='98660'>it</span> <span m='98760'>all</span> <span m='98950'>depends</span> <span m='99330'>on</span> <span m='99870'>the</span> <span m='99990'>right</span> <span m='100170'>fit.</span> <span m='100645'>You have to look</span> <span m='101120'>for--</span> <span m='101360'>whatever</span> <span m='101500'>discipline,</span> <span m='102200'>whatever</span> <span m='102980'>job</span> <span m='103300'>you're</span> <span m='103380'>looking,</span> <span m='104330'>field</span> <span m='104750'>you're</span> <span m='104840'>looking</span> <span m='104910'>for,</span> <span m='105320'>you</span> <span m='105420'>have</span> <span m='105460'>to</span> <span m='105530'>look</span> <span m='105680'>for</span> <span m='105780'>the</span> <span m='105910'>right</span> <span m='106180'>fit</span> <span m='106673'>that</span> <span m='107660'>fits</span> <span m='107840'>what</span> <span m='107970'>you</span> <span m='108130'>really</span> <span m='108430'>want</span> <span m='108640'>to</span> <span m='108710'>do.</span> <span m='109040'>We</span> <span m='109540'>could</span> <span m='109690'>all</span> <span m='109830'>be</span> <span m='109950'>doctors,</span> <span m='110460'>but</span> <span m='110990'>there are</span> <span m='111200'>different</span> <span m='111520'>doctors</span> <span m='111920'>doing</span> <span m='112150'>different</span> <span m='112500'>things.</span> <span m='112790'>So</span> <span m='112910'>that's</span> <span m='113150'>what</span> <span m='113250'>matters.</span> </p><p><span m='114120'>And</span> <span m='114970'>in</span> <span m='115150'>my</span> <span m='115410'>field,</span> <span m='115840'>my</span> <span m='116070'>choice</span> <span m='116460'>and</span> <span m='116560'>my</span> <span m='116710'>company</span> <span m='117670'>makes</span> <span m='118060'>me</span> <span m='118160'>do</span> <span m='118270'>the</span> <span m='118420'>right</span> <span m='118670'>fit</span> <span m='118860'>for</span> <span m='118960'>what</span> <span m='119110'>I</span> <span m='119180'>want</span> <span m='119370'>to</span> <span m='119430'>do.</span> <span m='120450'>It</span> <span m='120570'>depends</span> <span m='122870'>from</span> <span m='122970'>project</span> <span m='123320'>to</span> <span m='123390'>project.</span> <span m='123830'>There are</span> <span m='123980'>projects</span> <span m='124190'>that</span> <span m='124320'>are</span> <span m='124930'>really</span> <span m='125220'>demanding,</span> <span m='126140'>that</span> <span m='126300'>have</span> <span m='126530'>a</span> <span m='126590'>deadline</span> <span m='127620'>to</span> <span m='127720'>meet.</span> <span m='127830'>And</span> <span m='127930'>there are</span> <span m='128039'>projects</span> <span m='128330'>that are</span> <span m='128509'>ongoing.</span> </p><p><span m='129680'>So</span> <span m='130509'>it's</span> <span m='130770'>pretty</span> <span m='131020'>hard</span> <span m='131250'>to</span> <span m='131430'>answer.</span> <span m='131820'>There's</span> <span m='131970'>some</span> <span m='132270'>projects</span> <span m='132560'>that are like,</span> <span m='132800'>oh,</span> <span m='133170'>just</span> <span m='133380'>do</span> <span m='133510'>this.</span> <span m='133760'>And</span> <span m='133860'>you</span> <span m='133940'>just</span> <span m='134130'>do</span> <span m='134260'>it and</span> <span m='134330'>it's</span> <span m='134610'>done.</span> <span m='135190'>There are</span> <span m='135460'>some</span> <span m='135700'>projects</span> <span m='136270'>that</span> <span m='136560'>are</span> <span m='137850'>really</span> <span m='139620'>constantly--</span> <span m='141040'>people</span> <span m='141320'>are in</span> <span m='141440'>the</span> <span m='141540'>field</span> <span m='141980'>getting</span> <span m='142260'>data.</span> <span m='142730'>And you</span> <span m='142880'>have</span> <span m='143050'>to</span> <span m='143150'>make</span> <span m='143340'>sure</span> <span m='143450'>the</span> <span m='143570'>data</span> <span m='143940'>is</span> <span m='144240'>up to date,</span> <span m='145400'>that</span> <span m='145730'>you</span> <span m='146200'>hand in</span> <span m='146580'>reports.</span> </p><p><span m='147060'>So it's</span> <span m='147510'>just</span> <span m='147750'>project</span> <span m='148380'>to</span> <span m='148470'>project,</span> <span m='149410'>the</span> <span m='149560'>expectation</span> <span m='149870'>and</span> <span m='150180'>workloads</span> <span m='150810'>feel</span> <span m='151110'>different.</span> </p>","file":{"id":572403,"video_id":"","name":"2872-Bala - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":152462,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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