Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

Geospatial analysts use specialised computer geographical information systems (GIS) to analyse spatial data – information that’s related to a geographical location – and communicate the results via maps, 3D models and diagrams.

As a geospatial analyst you could be involved in:

  • Planning effective and cost-efficient public transportation networks
  • Mapping opportunities for urban growth and identifying where new schools will be needed due to an increase in the number of families with young children
  • Keeping track of where water, phone, power and other utilities are located, especially when they’re underground
  • Identifying areas which are not suitable for building; for example, if they are too close to the coast, have unstable slopes or may be subject to liquefaction
  • Tracking numbers of pest species (such as possums) and their environmental impact

Most GIS analysts in New Zealand are employed by:

  • Local and regional councils, and government agencies such as Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
  • Specialist GIS consultancy companies
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Utility, transport and forestry companies
  • Universities and research organisations, such as Landcare Research

Job opportunities for people with geospatial skills and experience are good as the use of GIS to manage data and create maps is expanding, and there are relatively few graduates with the right skills.

GIS analysts generally earn:

  • $40-55,000 starting salary
  • $70-100,000 with more experience

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, including GIS courses
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Surveying with GIS courses
  • Postgraduate diploma or Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths
  • Geography
  • Digital Technologies (especially programming and information management skills)
  • English

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Geospatial (GIS) Analyst: People who work in this role

  • Amanda MacDonald-Creevey

    GIS Analyst, Amanda MacDonald-Creevey at work

    Amanda Firestone

    GIS Analyst, Amanda Firestone at work

    Joanne Wills

    GIS Consultant, Joanne Wills at work

    James O'Brien

    Data Analyst, James O'Brien at work
  • Jono Entwistle

    GIS Consultant, Jono Entwistle at work

    Natalie Scott

    GIS Analyst, Natalie Scott at work

    Dale Harris

    GIS Analyst, Dale Harris at work

    Kate Waterhouse

    GIS Technician, Kate Waterhouse at work
  • Mitesh Bhula

    Geospatial Analyst , Mitesh Bhula at work

    Laura Bates

    GIS Analyst, Laura Bates at work

    Henry Carthew

    GIS Analyst, Henry Carthew at work

    Jennifer Abbott

    GIS Analyst, Jennifer Abbott at work
  • James Gunn

    GIS Analyst, James Gunn at work

    Hayleigh Brereton

    GIS & IM Administrator, Hayleigh Brereton at work

    Saba Issa

    Environmental Planning Engineer, Saba Issa at work

Geospatial (GIS) Analyst: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
    Ministry for Primary Industries
    Rayonier Matariki Forests
    Rayonier Matariki Forests
  • Airways New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Digital Mapping Solutions
    Digital Mapping Solutions
  • LINZ
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
  • Coffey
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Pattle Delamore Partners
    Abley Transportation Consultants
    Abley Transportation Consultants
  • GHD