Job Description: GIS Asset Management Specialist – Government

A GIS Asset Management Specialist working for a government agency in Florida describes how they use GIS in their job and what skills they need to be successful.

Briefly describe a typical day:

Working with city and county officials to maintain GIS data like parcels, sewer data, street centerlines, addresses, etc.

How do you use GIS to help your company?
We provide web maps and access to GIS information to multiple different organizations- utility workers use our web maps when working on sewer lines, for example.

GIS software used:
Esri products, Cartegraph


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What skills do you need to be successful in your position?
Spatial data and algorithms understanding, data entry and conversion, data maintenance, GIS workflows, model building, cartographic design.

How do you maintain your geospatial skills?
Esri courses and other paid trainings provided by my employment.

What do you particularly enjoy about your position?
My work directly helps a community recovering from a natural disaster.

What don’t you like about your position?
Data entry can get very tedious if it can’t be scripted.

How did you get started in GIS?:
Undergraduate courses.

How did you find out about your current position?:
Online posting.

What are your next steps in your geospatial career?:
Obtain my GISP and expand my skill set to more analysis and less data entry/editing.

What parting words of advice to you have?:
GIS is a multifaceted career that can appeal to many different types of people.

Job TitleIndustryLocation
GIS Asset Management SpecialistGovernmentFlorida
Years of ExperienceEducation
Level
Salary Range
($ USD)
1Master’s
GISP: No
$50,000 – $60,000

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