This section contains help and guidance for anyone considering a career in a geospatial-related field.
Discover a wide range of jobs in geospatial, browse academic or vocational pathways, and hear from current students and industry professionals.
As the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies expands, it offers opportunities for people with different work experiences and educational backgrounds.
According to the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), because geospatial technology use is so widespread, the geospatial market is growing by 35% annually, contributing £11 billion to the UK economy each year.
GIS is a green technology that is making a difference on our planet and to its people every day for key decisions about wildlife habitat, human health, renewable energy, climate change, water quality and availability, wilderness areas, and much more.
Learning how to use GIS gives you transferrable skills which you can apply to a wide variety of jobs within the geospatial sector or any jobs which use location data, such as retail or marketing.
Have a look at the wide range of careers that GIS could help you achieve and choose your favourite or take the quiz to see what jobs are right for you!
Creates and analyses geospatial datasets, prepares maps, maintains databases and prepares reports, performs research such as for environmental and transport consultancy
£27,000 - £60,000
Pilots a UAV or drone to capture aerial imagery and Lidar data to complete a survey of the area or project and processes the geospatial data to provide a map or 3D model
£25,000 - £45,000
Measures, surveys, monitors and maps the shape of the land very accurately for instance for construction projects.
£20,000 - £70,000
Surveys, monitors and maps underwater (sea) surfaces showing the depth, shape and contours.
£17,000 - £60,000
Maps crime scenes, industrial accidents and car collisions. Collect and analyse the data used as evidence during court cases.
£35,000 - £45,000
Analyses and processes digital data into meaningful information that organisations can use to improve their businesses, such as maps
£25,000 - £100,000
Measures and maps the inside and outside buildings, then advises clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings
£19,000 - £70,000
Plan, design and manage large construction projects, including bridges, buildings, transport links and other major structures
£20,000 - £80,000
Uses Building Information Modelling (BIM) computer programmes to accurately create 3D models a project in multiple dimensions to support construction projects
£20,000 - £50,000
Traces underground utilities using GPR and electromagnetic techniques to discover any potential hazards to developments, such as electricity, fibre optics, gas and water mains.
£25,000 - £50,000
Computer-aided design (CAD) operators use computer software to produce 2D and 3D drawings for construction and manufacturing projects
£17,000 - £50,000
Captures and processes aerial imagery or Lidar data with a small airplane, then processes these for 2D and 3D maps which helps to make decisions about flood risk, rescue and emergencies as well as land change
£23,000 - £52,000
Building Control Surveyor
Ensures that building regulations are followed on new build sites and survey damaged or unstable structures to determine whether they can be repaired safely or need to be demolished
£22,000 - £60,000
Inspects a wide variety of equipment in workplaces such as football stadiums, film sets, shops, quarries, hospitals and schools to ensure that they comply with current regulatory and statutory requirements.
£25,000 - £55,000
Manages GIS data, including digitising, collecting data, analysing, and creating maps to support intelligent decision making for instance for urban or transport planning
£25,000 - £30,000
What jobs are right for me?
Are you a creatively minded person? Do you like to be working outside and getting stuck in? What job will best suit your personality and qualifications?
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Being a Surveyor means you travel to different places, to conduct all manner of data-capture tasks, in all weathers, using high-end optical and digital technologies and platforms; no day is ever the same.
Land Surveyor at MT Surveys Ltd
Careers in GIS
Organisations across the globe are increasingly relying on location intelligence to make better decisions.
As a result, careers in GIS are in demand more than ever. Equipped with data visualisation and spatial analysis skills, GIS professionals qualify for occupations in countless fields.