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GIS SPECIALIST: It's Never Boring

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Balla is a GIS (Geographic Information System) Specialist. He describes from a day to day basis what his job entails and his career and educational pathway.

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
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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='17840'>basically</span> <span m='18350'>geography.</span> <span m='19780'>And</span> <span m='20930'>I</span> <span m='21090'>basically</span> <span m='21490'>took</span> <span m='21690'>a</span> <span m='21740'>lot</span> <span m='21940'>of</span> <span m='22360'>geography</span> <span m='22880'>courses</span> <span m='23920'>with</span> <span m='24140'>emphasis</span> <span m='24770'>on</span> <span m='25160'>geographics</span> <span m='26670'>information</span> <span m='27190'>systems;</span> <span m='27880'>basically,</span> <span m='29180'>computer</span> <span m='29590'>science</span> <span m='30860'>with</span> <span m='31020'>a</span> <span m='31070'>lot</span> <span m='31280'>of</span> <span m='33220'>spatial</span> <span m='33630'>knowledge.</span> <span m='34940'>And</span> <span m='36230'>that's</span> <span m='36420'>basically</span> <span m='36550'>what</span> <span m='36740'>I</span> <span m='37240'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='38222'>Well,</span> <span m='38670'>GIS</span> <span m='40220'>is</span> <span m='40470'>basically</span> <span m='41030'>a</span> <span m='41110'>tool.</span> <span m='42090'>So</span> <span m='42680'>you</span> <span m='42830'>could</span> <span m='43000'>basically</span> <span m='44960'>be in</span> <span m='45340'>any</span> <span m='45840'>field</span> <span m='46540'>and</span> <span m='47340'>have</span> <span m='47660'>the</span> <span m='47750'>knowledge</span> <span m='48130'>of</span> <span m='48230'>GIS,</span> <span m='50420'>because</span> <span m='51590'>people</span> <span m='51890'>may</span> <span m='52070'>ask</span> <span m='52380'>you</span> <span m='53930'>where</span> <span m='54760'>A, B,</span> <span m='55245'>C is</span> <span m='55730'>located.</span> <span m='56220'>And</span> <span m='56340'>you</span> <span m='56490'>could</span> <span m='56630'>actually</span> <span m='57875'>print</span> <span m='58330'>out</span> <span m='58510'>a</span> <span m='58560'>map</span> <span m='58910'>of</span> <span m='59140'>where</span> <span m='59390'>they're</span> <span m='59530'>located.</span> <span m='59785'>So</span> <span m='60040'>I</span> <span m='60620'>wish</span> <span m='60900'>I</span> <span m='62150'>focused</span> <span m='62530'>more</span> <span m='62930'>on</span> <span m='68140'>maybe</span> <span m='69140'>an</span> <span m='69280'>applied</span> <span m='69790'>science</span> <span m='70640'>program,</span> <span m='72030'>and</span> <span m='72250'>then</span> <span m='72460'>used</span> <span m='72740'>GIS</span> <span m='73420'>to</span> <span m='73620'>actually</span> <span m='75890'>better</span> <span m='76210'>understand,</span> <span m='76910'>better</span> <span m='77700'>answer</span> <span m='78060'>questions</span> <span m='78860'>to</span> <span m='79080'>what</span> <span m='79250'>I'm</span> <span m='79370'>doing</span> <span m='80560'>so</span> <span m='80740'>that</span> <span m='80910'>it's</span> <span m='81140'>still</span> <span m='81880'>rewarding.</span> </p><p><span m='82310'>Because</span> <span m='82640'>in</span> <span m='82740'>my</span> <span m='82970'>company,</span> <span m='83590'>we're</span> <span m='83730'>given</span> <span m='83990'>the</span> <span m='84130'>opportunity</span> <span m='84670'>to</span> <span m='85810'>work</span> <span m='86130'>on</span> <span m='86480'>different</span> <span m='87060'>programs,</span> <span m='87950'>different</span> <span m='88250'>projects.</span> <span m='88980'>So</span> <span m='90210'>I</span> <span m='90330'>could</span> <span m='90500'>be</span> <span m='90720'>GIS,</span> <span m='91260'>but</span> <span m='91370'>I'm</span> <span m='91450'>working</span> <span m='91680'>with</span> <span m='91770'>a</span> <span m='91820'>lot</span> <span m='92010'>of</span> <span m='92080'>engineers</span> <span m='92690'>that</span> <span m='92750'>do</span> <span m='93000'>engineering,</span> <span m='93300'>and</span> <span m='93490'>I</span> <span 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