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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

GIS Specialist

Depending on the company and sector you are working in, the role of a GIS specialist can vary. Generally, they are involved in producing and analysing data to plan and deliver services and products. GIS is used in a wide range of areas including construction, oil, gas, water, telecoms, electricity, the environment, healthcare, transport planning and operation, defense, retail location planning and logistics, national park management, insurance and finance. A wide range of jobs are available in the public, private and third sectors.

Typical work activities
The wide range of organisations using GIS means that activities may vary, but can include:


A role in GIS is likely to need communication skills, a motivated and pro-active attitude, computer skills (particularly in GIS and complex datasets), analysis, presentation, numeracy and the ability to translate requirements into working solution.


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Qualifications and work experience

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