What to Expect in an Entry-Level GIS Technician Job

If you are thinking about obtaining a GIS degree, you might be wondering what type of doors will open for you once you have completed your training. There are a host of different GIS careers spanning a wide range of industries for those who are certified. As one of today’s leading recruiting firms in the mapping and geospatial arena, GeoSearch, Inc. has gathered some information for you about the top career opportunities available to recent graduates or those looking to make a career change.

GIS Technicians/GIS Specialists

GIS technicians are typically involved in coding and preparing GIS projects. They prepare data for conversion and editing and will have knowledge of one or more GIS packages. In addition to GIS Technicians, similar job roles include LiDAR Technicians and Survey Technicians. Entry-level to 5 years experience is commonly seen for these positions. GIS Specialists require more training and background knowledge with 5-10 years of experience. They will have additional training or experience in Macro language programming.

Software Developers

Common job titles for Software Developers include GIS Software Developers, Web Developers, and Programmers. They are able to design, develop, and code new software or applications. This role requires a strong computer science and programming background through work experience or academic training. It also requires proficiency in C/C++, C#, VB, .NET, and/or other languages and familiarity with a variety of operating systems and databases.

Survey Personnel

Surveyors of all levels are in high demand! Survey Technicians, Crew Chief, and Professional Land Surveyors are some of the job titles you would find. Duties for Survey Technicians or Crew Chiefs include preparing maps and drawings from survey field data and require knowledge of AutoCAD, Google Earth, Trimble data collection, GIS, GPS, and robotic total stations. Supervisory experience is required for Crew Chief positions. Professional Land Surveyors require a PLS license and generally require supervising survey personnel. The majority of these positions involve fieldwork.


Photogrammetrists specialize in using satellite images, aerial photographs, light imaging detection, and ranging technology to build models of the Earth’s surface and its features in order to create maps. They compile and analyze spatial data like distance and elevation. Several states require licenses for workers who use remote viewing equipment to conduct land surveys.

This is only a shortlist of the types of positions GeoSearch, Inc. works to fill on an average day. Your opportunities are endless and there is always room for growth no matter where you begin your career. Once you do start your career, you will be able to put your degree and training to use in a variety of industries. Common sectors include engineering, utilities, agriculture and mining, and local, federal, and state governments.

Call GeoSearch, Inc. for GIS career options today!

Whether you are interested in landing a job in the government sector or want to hone your skills as a surveyor, GeoSearch, Inc. can match you with a GIS career that provides room for growth. Our team also has extensive expertise in connecting employers in the geospatial sector with skilled temporary staff members and full-service search services.

Contact our team today to learn more about how GeoSearch, Inc. can help you gain a leg up in the geospatial industry!