Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

Nicola O'Higgins

Fishmonger

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Read more

Nicola O'Higgins
You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.
Close

Creative?
Creative
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
All Courses
PLC Progression Routes
PLC Points Calculator
CAO Points Calculator
CAO Video Guide

Mountbellew Agricultural College
Kerry College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician

Job Zone

Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€24k > 47
Geographical Information Systems Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 47
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

A geographical information systems manager supervises teams of IT experts that produce geographical data using specialist computer systems.


Videos & Interviews header image

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site


Go..Search YouTube for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician videos

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.

bullet

Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.

bullet

Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.

bullet

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, or conversion of other sources of digital data.

bullet

Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.

bullet

Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis, using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.

bullet

Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.

bullet

Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.

bullet

Provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development, or operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, equipment, or applications.

bullet

Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

bullet

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

bullet

Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

bullet

Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

bullet

Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

bullet

Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

bullet

Geography: Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

bullet

English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

bullet

Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

bullet

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

bullet

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

bullet

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

bullet

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

bullet

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

bullet

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

bullet

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

bullet

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Geographical information systems manager - from: GradIreland

Related Occupationsheader image

Job Search


Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Computers & ICT
Earth Science & Environment

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 186
Applied Computing
Waterford IT
Applied Computing
Letterkenny IT
Arts (Digital Arts and Technology)
Arts (Film and Digital Media)
Arts - Computer Science
Maynooth University
Arts - Computer Science
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Arts - Information and Communication
UCD (NUI)
Arts - Information Technology
NUI Galway
Automotive and Automation Systems
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Cavan Institute)
Cavan Institute
Business Analytics
DIT
Business and Information Technology
IT Blanchardstown
Business and Information Technology
IT Blanchardstown
Business and Technology
Dundalk IT
Business Computing
Limerick IT
Business Computing
NCI
Business Computing
Dublin IT - DIT
Business in Information Technology
Dublin Business School
Business Information Management
IT Tralee
Business Information Management
IT Tralee
Business Information Systems
NUI Galway
Business Information Systems
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Business Information Systems
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Business Information Systems
Limerick IT
Business Information Systems
Cork Institute of Technology
Business Information Systems
NCI
Business Information Systems
Dublin Business School
Business Information Systems
UCC (NUI)
Business Information Systems (Cloud Computing)
Dublin Business School
Cloud and Networks
Computational Thinking (Computer Science, Maths & Philosophy
Maynooth University
Computer Applications
DCU
Computer Engineering
Athlone IT - AIT
Computer Engineering
IT Blanchardstown
Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems
IT Blanchardstown
Computer Forensics & Security
Computer Forensics & Security
Waterford IT
Computer Games Development
IT Carlow
Computer Games Development
Letterkenny IT
Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure
Computer Networks and Systems Management
Limerick IT
Computer Science
DIT
Computer Science
UCC (NUI)
Computer Science
TCD
Computer Science
UCD (NUI)
Computer Science (Infrastructure)
DIT
Computer Science (International)
DIT
Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Arts)
Maynooth University
Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Arts)
Maynooth University
Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Science)
Maynooth University
Computer Science / Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Science)
Maynooth University
Computer Science and Business
TCD
Computer Science and Information Technology
NUI Galway
Computer Science and Language
TCD
Computer Security and Digital Forensics
Letterkenny IT
Computer Systems
Cork Institute of Technology
Computer Systems and Networking
Computing
IT Sligo
Computing
IT Tallaght
Computing
Dundalk IT
Computing
Dublin Business School
Computing
Dundalk IT
Computing
Griffith College. Limerick
Computing
Griffith College. Limerick
Computing
IT Carlow
Computing
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing
Computing
Computing
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing
Computing
NCI
Computing
Computing
IT Tallaght
Computing
IT Tallaght
Computing & Multimedia
Dorset College
Computing & Multimedia
Dorset College
Computing & Multimedia
Dorset College
Computing (Information Technology)
IT Blanchardstown
Computing (Information Technology)
IT Blanchardstown
Computing (Information Technology)
IT Blanchardstown
Computing (Thurles)
Limerick IT
Computing - Applications or Programming)
IT Carlow
Computing - Cloud Computing
Dublin Business School - DBS
Computing - Common Entry
Letterkenny IT
Computing - Data Analytics and Big Data
Dublin Business School - DBS
Computing - Games Design and Development (Thurles)
Limerick IT
Computing - Games Development
IT Sligo
Computing - Software Development
IT Sligo
Computing - Systems and Networking
IT Sligo
Computing - Web and Mobile Technology
Dublin Business School
Computing and Digital Media
Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT
Computing and Digital Media
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Computing In Applications and Support
NCI
Computing in Games Development
Dundalk IT
Computing in Information Technology
College of Computer Training
Computing in Information Technology Support
Letterkenny IT
Computing in Software Development
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Computing in Software Development
Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT
Computing Science
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing Science
Griffith College. Cork
Computing Science (Cloud Computing)
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing Science (Games Development)
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing Science (Network Management)
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing Science (Software Development)
Griffith College. Dublin
Computing Technologies (Common Entry)
University of Limerick - UL
Computing with Games Development
IT Tralee
Computing with Games Development
IT Tralee
Computing with Languages
IT Tallaght - ITT
Computing with Media Development
IT Tralee
Computing with Media Development
IT Tralee
Computing with Software Development
IT Tralee
Computing with Software Development
IT Tralee
Creative Computing
Dun Laoghaire IADT
Creative Digital Media
Cork Institute of Technology
Cybercrime and IT Security
IT Carlow
Cybercrime and IT Security
IT Carlow
Data Analytics
IT Tallaght - ITT
Data Science
DCU
Data Science and Analytics
Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
IT Blanchardstown
Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
Electronic and Computer Engineering
IT Sligo
Electronic and Computer Engineering
DCU
Electronic and Computer Engineering
University of Limerick
Electronic and Computer Engineering
IT Sligo
Electronic and Computing Engineering
Electronic and Computing Engineering
NUI Galway
Electronic/Computer Engineering (Common Entry)
Letterkenny IT
Electronics and Communications Engineering
DIT
Electronics and Computer Engineering
Athlone IT - AIT
Electronics and Computer Engineering
IT Blanchardstown
Engineering Software
Engineering Software
Enterprise Computing
DCU
Game Art and Design (Clonmel)
Limerick IT
Game Development
Games Design
DIT
Games Development
ICT Engineering - Electronics & Wireless / Network Mgt / Computer Engineering
Athlone IT - AIT
Information Systems/Information Technology
DIT
Information Technology
College of Computer Training
Information Technology
Waterford IT
Information Technology
College of Computing Technology
Information Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Information Technology - Online Flexible Learning
DCU
Information Technology Management
IT Tallaght
Information Technology Management
IT Carlow
Information Technology Management
IT Carlow
Information Technology Support - Castlebar
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Interactive Digital Media
Limerick IT
Internet of Things
Waterford IT
Internet of Things
Internet of Things
Internet Systems Development
Limerick IT
Internet Systems Development
Limerick IT
IT Management
Cork Institute of Technology
Management of IT & IS - Online Flexible Learning
DCU
Management Science and Information Systems Studies
TCD
Marketing (Digital Media and Cloud Computing)
Dublin Business School
Media Development
Multimedia
DCU
Multimedia Applications Development
Waterford IT
Multimedia Web Development
Dundalk IT - DKIT
Music Technology
Maynooth University
Music Technology
IT Tralee
Music Technology & Production
Music Technology and Production
Limerick IT
Networking Technologies
DIT
Psychology and Computing
Robotics and Intelligent Devices
Maynooth University
Softeware and Electronic Engineering
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Software and Electronic Engineering
Software Design (Game Development or Cloud Computing)
Athlone IT - AIT
Software Development
IT Carlow
Software Development
Limerick IT
Software Development
Cork Institute of Technology
Software Development
IT Carlow
Software Development
Cork Institute of Technology
Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices)
Athlone IT - AIT
Software Systems Development
Waterford IT
Software Systems Development
Sustainable Building Technology
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Theoretical Physics
TCD
Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
Maynooth University
Web Development
Cork Institute of Technology
Web Development and Creative Media
IT Sligo