Geographic Information Systems Specialists

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Geographic Information Systems Specialists

Geographic Information Systems Specialists - Preparation

To work as a geographic information systems specialist, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • have a bachelor's degree in geography.

Education after high school

Almost all GIS specialists have a bachelor's degree in geography or computer science. As a student you should take courses in geography, economics, and history. Courses in statistics and database management are also important. You also will need training in drafting and computer cartography.

Work experience

Working for a geographer is good experience for this field.

On-the-job training

Some students complete an internship while in school. This is important work experience for finding a job.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be international relations officers. While this is not the same as being a geographic information systems specialists, many of the skills transfer between jobs. You need at least a bachelor's degree to enter this military occupation. The length of training depends on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.