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What Does a GEOINT Analyst Do?

GEOINT stands for Geospatial Intelligence. As a militarized role, geospatial analysts examine satellite and aerial images to create detailed, specialized maps based on various technical images.

Geospatial intelligence analysts work with both still and moving images to determine the identity of objects on land in different locations in as much detail as possible.

In wartime, a geospatial intelligence analyst can be required to work in a command center or a battlefield. While on the field, the analyst will have to examine the dimensions of different physical structures to the minutest detail. The purpose of this examination is to create a geo-map map featuring all of the features and details. Afterward, this report will be presented.

GEOINT Analyst Requirements

To be a professional geospatial intelligence analyst, you will have to possess all or some of the following educational and experiential requirements:

  • A Masters Degree in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Geography or a related discipline

  • Experience in map drafting/cartography

  • Combat training

  • Excellent analytical ability

  • Great written and spoken communication skills for presenting data reports

  • Computer skills to use relevant GIS software

  • Mathematical ability to determine proportions and dimensions

  • Good design skills to create detailed reports and maps

Also, doing other related jobs can help you to better prepare for a career as a geospatial intelligence analyst. For example, there are many jobs in geospatial intelligence analysis that require working experience in imagery analysis. In addition, experience in a field like geospatial analysis will come in handy.


How Much Does a GEOINT
Analyst Earn?

Geospatial intelligence analysts are paid quite handsomely. On average, the annual salary is almost $60,000, making them one of the most well-paid professionals in national defense. The salaries are about $28.03 per hour.

It is predicted that the career will grow by 5%, providing 37,500 job opportunities in the USA between 2018 and 2028.



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What Do GEOINT Analysts Do?

Some of the tasks performed by GEOINT analysts include the following:

Precision Location Data

GEOINT analysts analyze the exact locations of mobile devices all over the world. As a result, they enable applications to provide more efficient services to users.

In addition, precision location data can be used to study and monitor online activities, ATM transaction locations, and vehicles.

Remote Sensing

With the work of GEOINT analysts, it is possible to make use of GIS-related information and data from high-resolution space imaging. The analysis results are hence more accessible for institutions that manage small satellites and commercial rockets. Imaging from uncrewed aerial vehicles is also valuable to disaster response professionals and agriculturalists.

Data Analytics

Because GEOINT analysts deal with data, the results of their predictive analysis are important to other fields like telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, banking, and utilities.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

GEOINT analysts also model real places in virtual reality and gaming to a high level of accuracy. Thus, their impact goes far beyond the military and into the entertainment sphere.

A geospatial intelligence analyst may also handle tasks such as searching for areas susceptible to ambushes, locating alternative routes in the event of a road blockade.

While GEOINT analysts primarily work in national defense and the government, their skills are also in high demand in the private sector, either as independent contractors or full-time employees.

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