What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 1083 GIS Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 25538 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,848.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,191.
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 $51,288.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||35%|
|3 to 5 years||47%|
|6 to 8 years||11%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (34%)
- Planning (25%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)
- Microsoft Office (22%)
- Research (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Geographic Information System (GIS) (49%)
- ArcGIS (36%)
- Python (21%)
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Data (17%)
- Esri Software (10%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Information Systems (19%)
- SQL (18%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (15%)
- Project Management (14%)
- Global Positioning System (GPS) (14%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) (6%)
- Remote Sensing (5%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with GIS Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Gis Analyst
- Gis Technician
- Gis Specialist
- Gis Developer
- Geospatial Analyst
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.
- Surveying / Mapping Technician
- Security / Defense Intelligence Analyst
- Civil Engineering Technician
- Physical / Geoscience Technician
- Environmental Planner / Scientist
- Community Planner
- Physical Scientist
Here are the employers that have posted the most GIS Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- CDM Smith (832)
- Humana (352)
- CBRE Group (217)
- Deloitte (201)
- General Dynamics (161)
- CDM Smith (26)
- Asplundh Tree Expert Company (20)
- Environmental Consultants (17)
- CACI (17)
- Quick Services Llc Qsl (13)
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!
- Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificates
- Geospatial Information Science and Technology Master's Degrees
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