Geospatial Analyst

Research and Development

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The application of GIS is limited only by the imagination of those who use it.

Jack Dangermond, Esri
Geospatial Analyst

In A Nutshell

I study aerial photos to learn about streams, vegetation, and soil. 

I create detailed maps using GIS (geographic information systems) software. 

I write reports to help farmers make knowledgeable land use decisions. 

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Potential Salary Range

$42,000 - 98,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Nunavut
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

My workplace changes frequently, making each day different and exciting! My time is generally split between working in an office collecting and analyzing data, and in the field collecting information for processing. 

Workplace

Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Discover trends and patterns through spatial mapping and explain findings to clients
  • Use GIS (geographic information systems) software and multiple information sources to update and create maps, tables, and reports
  • Use mapping software to gather, analyze, and present findings to clients on potential land impacts
  • Study aerial photographs, satellite data, soil analysis, and samples of the environment
  • Prepare reports and meet with clients to give a professional opinion as requested by the industry and clients
  • Examine and record changes to the landscape along with the environmental shift to discover potential problems and plan for the future
  • Read current research, network with industry professionals, and participate in professional organizations to keep updated with developments in GIS technology

Education & Training

  • There are many paths to becoming a Geospatial Analyst, but most professionals start by pursuing a bachelor's degree in geography, cartography, or a related field. Some employers only require a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, and others may be willing to offer on-the-job training.
  • Previous experience in cartography, drafting, engineering, and surveying are generally required or preferred.
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Job Outlook

    The job outlook for a Geospatial Analyst will be great over the next five years. However, it remains a small industry so the actual number of openings will remain small. 

Related School Subjects

Social Studies
Career Education
Science

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Software Mapping Environment Geography GIS

Important Skills

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Computer & Technological

Geospatial Analysts use GIS software and technology in their everyday work. They should be comfortable with current technology and stay current with the latest developments. 

Analytical Thinking

Geospatial Analysts need to be able to analyze high levels of data and be able to clearly interpret the information through maps and reports.  

Written Communications

It is important that Geospatial Analysts can write clear presentations and technical reports that communicate their results for clients. 

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Detail-Oriented

Being a Geospatial Analyst requires finding and analyzing very specific things in maps, samples, and photographs; attention to detail is a very important part of the job.

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Problem Solving
Continuous Learning
Using Technology
Work Changes Daily
Improves and Protects the Environment