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A geographical information system (Gis) is a computer system used for collecting, manipulating, storing, analysing and presenting geographical information. Those working in this area are responsible for producing data for a wide range of services including finance, insurance, retail logistics, transport, healthcare, telecoms and the environment. Because persons employed to use this system range across so many businesses, job responsibilities vary
Typically a Gis officer will be involved in collecting geographical data by using technology such as GPS to record the location of assets, including flood defences, street lights and bridges, or transferring details on paper maps, such as the location of pipe lines or telecoms cables, into a digital format
They will also develop the programmes best able to store this information as well as tools for transferring data between systems. Geographical information system officers are also expected to produce the best ways of presenting this information to those who need it
Officers will spend much of their time with clients, explaining what the information they have collected means and how it might be used to achieve the best results. Excellent mathematical ability is essential. Depending on experience, the average salary is between £25,000 and £27,000 per year.

Description

The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are computerised systems required to collect, store, manipulate, analyse and present complex geographic information. Some professionals working on this area are GIS officers and they are required to produce and analyse data in order to plan and deliver services in healthcare, telecommunications, construction, defence, transport planning, among other areas. These professionals may work at private, voluntary, and public sector.

Professionals working on GIS area usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Developing tools for transferring GIS data.
• Maintaining structures needed for data storage.
• Promoting GIS benefits.
• Recruiting staff.
• Managing project costs.

Skills

• Being proactive and self motivated.
• Having strong written and spoke communication skills.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having time management skills.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being analytical and methodical.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having IT skills.
• Being reliable and trustworthy.
• Having strong interest in map design and geography.

Education

GIS area is open to graduates from various subjects, but it is recommended to have degrees or Higher National Diplomas in surveying, computer science, town planning, geography, cartography, and geographical information systems. Foundation degrees are also useful for this industry and they may include computing, applied geography, or applied computing

Another recommendation is having a postgraduate qualification in GIS subject because it is a good advantage for candidates who do not have relevant work experience or qualifications.

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