What does a GIS Analyst do?

Geographic information systems (GIS) analysts work at the intersection of cartography, programming, and data analysis. They analyze spatial data through mapping software and design digital maps with geographic data and various other data sets. They are tasked with discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping and developing mapping applications and tools and managing a digital library of geographic maps in various file types. They use their findings to explain geographic trends to clients.

GIS analysts assess spatial data by mapping software and discovering patterns and trends. They design digital maps with geographic data and other sources and create shape files that merge topographical data with external data. They produce reports on geographic data using data visualizations and perform data munging and cleaning to convert data into its desired form. GIS analysts need a degree in computer science, geography, surveying, engineering, or related fields and proficiency with database programming languages including SQL or Python. They also need proficiency with front-end design languages including HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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GIS Analyst Career Path

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GIS Analyst Insights

Read what GIS Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Environmental Resources ManagementEnvironmental Resources Management
Senior Consultant (GIS Specialist)
13 Sep 2021

“I believe the staff here really supports one another and you have the freedom to grow and strengthen your skill sets”

Ruekert & MielkeRuekert & Mielke
GIS Analyst/Developer
10 Sep 2019

“Some of the people are great to work with and are the reason why I am still here.”

Timmons GroupTimmons Group
GIS Analyst
19 Jan 2021

“I had good interactions with my project teams there and felt they were always well organized.”

Ryzen SolutionsRyzen Solutions
Maps Analyst
21 May 2020

“He let me know why he thought I'd be a good fit and i agreed to interview.”

GIS Analyst
2 Dec 2021

“My team is amazing and I have always been impressed by the professionalism and level of talent here.”

Wiser Imagery ServicesWiser Imagery Services
Geospatial Analyst
16 Oct 2019

“I enjoy the work and the opportunity to get a government security clearance although I have not used it yet.”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
GIS Technician
8 Jan 2021

“Working from home because of COVID gave a great work life balance and the quality of my personal life greatly improved.”

GIS Analyst
13 Dec 2021

“My team mates are nice and cool to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a gis analyst

When working as a gis analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Python GIS, Surveying, GIS/Mapping, Python Scripting and GeoDatabase.

The most similar professions to gis analyst are:
  • Research Assistant
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Analyst
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The most common qualifications to become a gis analyst is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.