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Geographic Information System Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) technicians gather, analyse, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology environmental research and land use planning. They perform software development and provide support and maintenance services of geospatial data map platform.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

GIS project management knowledge and skills

Data management, integration and analysis of a variety of spatial and non-spatial data, including vectors, rasters, point clouds, data base design and development.

Professional knowledge and skills in GIS

GIS technicians are usually equipped with strong programming skills and database management experience. They are able to work efficiently and meet project schedules, with good communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Work Environment

  • GIS technicians usually work in the office, communicate with the client in user meetings, system testing and training.