Geospatial Technician

Job Description:

Geospatial technicians collect data to create maps, update satellite navigation systems and plan construction projects.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

What you will do:

On a typical day you may:

  • add geographic data and satellite imagery to a management system
  • use specialist equipment like advanced GPS, laser scanners and drones
  • gather visual information like aerial photos, geological surveys and satellite images
  • work closely with customers, engineers and project teams
  • provide technical GIS reports or drawings to help with business decisions
  • identify and correct errors on maps and design drawings


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of geography
  • maths knowledge
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

As well as:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Geospatial Technician, you’ll need a strong foundation in geography, geospatial technology, and related skills. While there are no specific subjects required for this career, the following subjects and skills can provide a solid foundation for pursuing a career in geospatial technology:

  1. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are crucial for working with spatial data, performing calculations, and understanding geographic concepts.
  2. Geography: geography coursework can provide you with a fundamental understanding of geographic principles, maps, and spatial analysis.
  3. Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in IT skills, including computer programming, data management, and familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, is essential for a Geospatial Technician.
  4. Science: Basic knowledge of earth sciences and environmental science can be beneficial, as geospatial technology often involves analyzing geospatial data related to natural processes and environmental changes.
  5. Physics: Some aspects of geospatial technology, particularly remote sensing and GPS technology, may require an understanding of physics principles.
  6. English: Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for documenting findings and presenting geospatial data.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a graduate training scheme
  • the armed forces


You could do a degree in:

  • geography
  • surveying and mapping
  • geographic information science
  • Earth sciences
  • computer science


You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job, which may help when applying for a trainee position. In the UK, for example, relevant courses include:

  • Diploma in Engineering Surveying
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
  • Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction


You can work towards this role through a geospatial survey technician advanced apprenticeship or a geospatial mapping and science specialist degree apprenticeship.

Other Routes

You can apply for a graduate training scheme with a geospatial data company if you have a degree.

You can also work towards this role through the armed forces.

Career tips

Many geospatial technicians use specialist software. You could build up your skills and knowledge through free online learning resources.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-40 hours of work. You could be required to work 9am to 5pm.

You could work in an office or visit sites.

Career Path & Progression:

You can specialise in areas like agriculture, mining, healthcare, urban planning or military intelligence.

After 3 to 5 years’ experience, you can become a GIS analyst or geographic information officer.