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Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Special purpose telephones
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Mainframe computers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Map creation software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Development environment software
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  • Object or component oriented development software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Recommend procedures or equipment or software upgrades to increase data accessibility or ease of use.
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  • Provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development, or operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, equipment, or applications.
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  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
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  • Confer with users to analyze, configure, or troubleshoot applications.
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  • Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.
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  • Transfer or rescale information from original photographs onto maps or other photographs.
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  • Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
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  • Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
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  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
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  • Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis, using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.
  •  Skills
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • 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.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • 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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $98,793.00 $47.50  $28.64  $34.64 - $58.04 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $107,117.00 $51.49  $25.55  $30.26 - $62.80 
    Danbury $64,606.00 $31.06  $14.80  $16.96 - $44.27 
    Hartford $104,879.00 $50.42  $34.92  $41.19 - $60.38 
    New Haven $82,803.00 $39.81  $27.36  $32.60 - $47.73 
    New London/Norwich $88,292.00 $42.45  $33.21  $37.14 - $48.39 
    Waterbury $61,498.00 $29.57  $20.92  $24.90 - $35.85 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   34
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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