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GIS Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A GIS Analyst gathers data that can be used in geographic information system (GIS) maps or products. Gathers data from existing maps and reports; gathers information on people, plants, animals, buildings, natural terrain and elevation.

Job Outlook

There were 583 GIS Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 14677 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Geographer / GIS Specialist industry, which includes the GIS Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new GIS Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,248.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $62,755.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for GIS Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $45,862.

Education and Experience

Posted GIS Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree13.31%
Bachelor's Degree64.28%
Master's Degree18.35%
Doctoral Degree2.46%
Other10.15%

Posted GIS Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years37.7%
3 to 5 years44.97%
6 to 8 years11.49%
9+ years5.84%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills GIS Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (34.36%)
  • Management (27.88%)
  • Planning (24.85%)
  • Research (20.57%)
  • Operations (19.39%)
  • Quality Control (17.55%)
  • Problem Solving (17.46%)
  • Microsoft Office (16.37%)
  • Writing (16.33%)
  • Microsoft Excel (15.59%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Geospatial Databases (13.62%)
  • Computer Science (26.02%)
  • Map Production (10.56%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (69.5%)
  • Spatial Analysis (14.31%)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (19.39%)
  • ArcMap (11.42%)
  • ArcGIS Servers (9.31%)
  • GIS Applications (17.58%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (30.97%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (99.35%)
  • Cartography (13.18%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Workflow Management (16.75%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (8.33%)
  • Data Analysis (15.29%)
  • Asset Management (6.47%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (21.62%)
  • Geography (15.18%)
  • Microsoft Access (8.91%)
  • Metadata (9.35%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (9.45%)
  • Data Modeling (4.99%)
  • Automation (9.79%)
  • Technical Support (6.05%)
  • Relational Databases (7.58%)
  • Project Management (19.85%)
  • Global Positioning Systems (17.25%)
  • Data Collection (12.33%)
  • AutoCAD (11.86%)
  • Environmental Science (8.12%)
  • Scripting (12.26%)
  • Software Development (4.2%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (12.84%)
  • Data Management (13.47%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Arcpy (3.87%)
  • Web Mapping (4.17%)
  • Web AppBuilder (3.51%)
  • GIS Mapping (6.55%)
  • Remote Sensing (5.01%)
  • Quantum GIS (QGIS) (3.98%)
  • ArcSDE (5.35%)
  • GPS Data (4.91%)
  • Geospatial Analysis (4.94%)
  • Geoprocessing (6.12%)
  • ArcGIS Survey123 (5.5%)
  • Coordinate Systems (4.49%)
  • Mobile Data (2.44%)
  • Spatial Databases (2.91%)
  • PostGIS (1.15%)
  • Tabular Data (3.76%)
  • Geospatial Datasets (4.34%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Arcpy (11.32%)
  • Computer Science (76.15%)
  • PostGIS (3.35%)
  • Quantum GIS (QGIS) (11.64%)
  • Tabular Data (11.01%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with GIS Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • GIS Technician
  • GIS Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist
  • GIS Developer
  • Geographic Information Systems Administrator
  • GIS/CAD Technician
  • GIS Manager
  • GIS Intern
  • Lead GIS Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most GIS Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (270)
  • Leidos (183)
  • Actalent (173)
  • AECOM (155)
  • Stantec (144)
  • Guidehouse (126)
  • Esri (99)
  • Lumen Technologies (98)
  • Tetra Tech (72)
  • Cci Systems (70)

North Carolina

  • CACI International (17)
  • Duke Energy (14)
  • Brunswick County (14)
  • CDM Smith (12)
  • AECOM (11)
  • Chandra Technologies (11)
  • Siemens (11)
  • Swift Strategic Solutions (10)
  • Leidos (9)
  • Pike Electric (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!