How to become a Geographic Information Systems Officer

Geographic information systems officers design, develop and customise geographic information systems and provide technical and analytical support to address issues such as environmental management, exploration and mining, land ownership and titles, urban and regional planning, utilities and asset management, and demographic marketing.

Personal requirements of a Geographic Information Systems Officer

  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Good communication and computing skills
  • Interested in the environment
  • Able to produce detailed and accurate work
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Geographic Information Systems Officer

To become a geographic information systems officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree with a major in geographical, spatial or geospatial science; geography; geomatics or surveying. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 33.4%

NT 1.2%

QLD 17.7%

SA 7.2%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 22.5%

WA 15%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 89.6%

Female 10.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 13.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 36.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 29.1%

Above 35 years: 71%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Graduates and students may be eligible for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia.
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