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Technology has created a new kind of analyst: the geographic information specialist. GIS stands for geographic information systems. It uses computers to store, interpret and display a vast variety of data identified by location. But it goes well beyond maps and pictures. A GIS database contains layers of information. The layers can be combined into different models , so that we can instantly see the effects new information might have on an area. For example, overlaying a map of rainfall patterns can create a virtual snapshot of how the area's watershed might be impacted. The work of geographic information specialists helps officials making decisions or policies understand their target area better. Also called geographic information officers or analysts, these specialists are increasingly found in governments, businesses and organizations. This is a job where you really need strong computer skills because you often need to configure your own system of hardware and specialized software. You may direct a staff that collects, checks and enters the data… or you may do it all. A geographic information specialist spends a lot of time in front of a computer preparing documents… and in meetings, defining data needs with decision-makers. Geographic information specialists generally hold at least a bachelor’s degree in geography, computer science or planning. Employers also look for experience in GIS, surveying or mapping. This manager is a new-age visual designer and communicator, helping us use high-tech tools for planning and managing resources.

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