Summary Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "geographic information systems (GIS) technician" was moved from the group Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (NOC 2255) to the group Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (NOC 22214).
Find key facts and figures about working as a geographic information systems (GIS) technician. The following information is applicable to all Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (NOC 22214).
Note that some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the NOC.
Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians, who gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning. Meteorological technologists and technicians observe weather and atmospheric conditions, record, interpret, transmit and report on meteorological data, and provide weather information to the agricultural, natural resources and transportation industries and the public. Geomatics technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.
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College or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or experience working in a supervisory occupation.
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- Generate maps and related graphs and charts
- Plan map content, format and design and compile required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps
- Maintain and manage digital database
- Train staff
- Maintain equipment and instruments
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