A career in GIS requires practical experience and a combination of technical and life skills. Complete a bachelor’s degree in geography, earth science, or a related field. A master’s degree is not required to become a GIS analyst but may be necessary for career advancement. Geospatial careers require hands-on practice with mapping, data collection, and database management, so completion of at least one internship is advised. Combine your knowledge and experience to secure a role as a GIS analyst.