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Geographic Information Systems - Job Outlook

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MCC-Longview: Victor Meledge-Ade, 816.604.2698
MCC-Maple Woods: John Horn, 816.604.3132

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Base salary and job outlook

  • Median wages (2008): $36.13 hourly, $75,150 annual
  • Employment (2006): 136,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2008): Faster than average (14% to 20%)
  • Projected need (2006-2016): 57,000 additional employees


  • Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.
  • Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data using GIS hardware or software applications.
  • Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, and conversion of other sources of digital data.
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.
  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analysis¬†using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
  • Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
  • Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
  • Transfer or rescale information from original photographs onto maps or other photographs.
  • Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.

Source: On-Net Online