Job type

Geospatial technician

£22k - £32k

Typical salary

37 – 40

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Collect data to create maps, update satellite navigation systems and plan construction projects
  • Use analytical thinking, complex problem-solving and design skills
  • You can become a GIS analyst or geographic information officer

As a geospatial technician you could assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. You may also perform some custom application development or provide user support.


  • Adding geographic data and satellite imagery to a management system
  • Using specialist equipment like advanced GPS, laser scanners and drones
  • Gathering visual information like aerial photos, geological surveys and satellite images
  • Working closely with customers, engineers and project teams
  • Providing technical GIS reports or drawings to help with business decisions
  • Identifying and correcting errors on maps and design drawings


You'll usually work in an office and spend some time visiting sites.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with a knowledge of geography, analytical thinking skills, complex problem-solving skills and design skills and knowledge.

You could do a degree in geography, surveying and mapping, geographic information science, Earth sciences or computer science. You'll usually need 3 A levels including geography and maths or a science subject to apply for these degrees. You can apply for a graduate training scheme with a geospatial data company if you have a degree.

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. These courses include a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying, Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians, and a T level in Design, Surveying and Planning.

You can also work towards this role through the armed forces. The Royal Air Force and the British army offer training to become an air cartographer and geographic technician.

Alternatively, you can do a geospatial survey technician advanced apprenticeship.

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

It may be helpful to join the Association for Geographic Information for professional development and training opportunities.


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.