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Geographic Information Systems Administrator

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) managers are responsible for the day-to-day supervision of teams of IT experts that produce geographical data using specialist computer systems.

GIS management as a profession has evolved over the last 15-20 years and as such there is no typical career development path, although the AGI is investigating an accreditation and qualification scheme

What does a GIS manager do? | |

Geographical information systems combine social, economic and topographical data that is used for a variety of purposes including flood defence planning, healthcare, road traffic management, market research etc.

Responsibilities of the job vary, but typically comprise:

  • supervising a team of staff including programmers, cartographers, data managers, analysts, support specialists etc
  • managing budgets and project costs
  • consulting clients to ascertain project purpose, needs, information required etc
  • recruiting and training staff
  • dealing with problems
  • answering queries
  • promoting to clients the benefits that GIS presents
  • managing the development of GIS software packages
  • evaluating the functionality of systems
  • keeping up-to-date with new technology
  • making sure that projects keep to pre-determined timescales and deadlines
  • investigating new GIS applications.

Typical employers of geographical information systems managers

Most geographical information systems (GIS) managers work for:

  • specialist software development companies and consultancies
  • local/police authorities
  • emergency services
  • government departments (such as HM Land Registry)
  • motor vehicle rescue services
  • utilities.

Vacancies are advertised by careers services and specialist recruitment agencies, in local and national newspapers, local authority jobs lists and in relevant publications including Computer Weekly, Computing, New Scientist, Opportunities, GI News, Earthworks and GeoPlace.

Initial professional positions can be difficult to secure, so networking and speculative applications are worthwhile. The Association for Geographic Information Systems Yearbook is a useful source of contact information.

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