Career Profile:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician


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Most employees have:

Non-university certificate or diploma



What you do

Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, involves layering data on a map, combining information about where things are and identification of what is physically present. GIS technicians work in areas from climate science to archaeology and help researchers and users understand data based on where it is in the world. This can be essential to understanding things like ocean currents, marine migrations, and pollution, enabling people to understand how data from many different sources relates to its position in the world.

A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Gather and consolidate information from several data sources
  • Apply information to maps and geographic models to visualize information
  • Plan, interpret, format and design maps
  • Manage, input and process datasets
  • Use specialized computer software and programs to interpret informati

What you need

  • Ability to use software to generate maps, graphs, and charts
  • Ability to interpret a wide range of data to produce effective visualisations and maps
  • Knowledge of geography, computers, and GIS software
  • Understanding of maintenance, processing and cleaning required for data

Who might be hiring?

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
NSCC - GIS Technician

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Certificates, Diplomas, Community College
University Bachelor's Degree