Geospatial Imaging Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Geospatial imaging specialists perform the collection, analysis, and dissemination of geospatial imagery to support war fighting operations and other activities. They operate geographic information systems (GIS) that store and analyze maps and other geographic information. Intelligence derived by the geospatial imaging specialist is critical for mission success at the national, theater, and tactical levels. As such, they disseminate multi-sensor geospatial intelligence products to appropriate parties.  

Work Environment

Geospatial imaging specialists usually work in office facilities. They may work in facilities in field camps or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Geospatial Imaging Specialists in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 35%
  • Bachelor's degree 30%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • Some college 10%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for geospatial imaging specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in using sophisticated imagery collection equipment. Training content may include: Imagery collection, interpretation, and exploitation techniquesCollecting, analyzing, and evaluating geospatial, geographic, and remote sensed dataPreparing maps, charts, and intelligence reportsUsing computer systems and imagery exploitation softwareAnalyzing fixed/moving target indicators, geospatial data, and overhead/aerial imagesUsing geospatial imagery to aid in targeting process

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  • Geography
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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