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Geospatial technology is a growth industry

"Across the country, tens of thousands of trained workers are needed to fill positions that are going begging."

Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Directions Magazine, April 10, 2003


The US Bureau of Labor lists geospatial technology among the 12 fastest growing industries in the US today, and they predict job growth for the foreseeable future. Moreover, workers with GIS skills are far more competitive in labor sectors with slower job growth, such as in the social sciences or science technician occupations.   

In order to meet the growing demand for skilled workers, Bureau of Labor officials and industry leaders have called for increased educational opportunities in GIS at all levels. People with entry-level skills in GIS applications are especially needed. The call for training is not limited to the traditional geospatial fields such as geography and surveying, however. People in nearly every academic discipline and economic sector are using GIS to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas. They need people with the skills and experience to apply GIS at the cutting edge. 

Click here to see just some of the fields where GIS is in demand.

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Want to know more?

Read the US Department of Labor's 2002 High Growth Industry Profile of Geospatial Technology here.

Visit this site to read a 2005 article in Science about careers in geoscience and remote sensing.

Read this paper on job growth in the geospatial industry and the need for trained GIS professionals in the Proceedings of the 2005 ESRI International Users Conference.


Demand for trained GIS professionals is growing in these fields...

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Agricultural Science
Soil Science

Economics, Business & Administration:
Risk Analysis
Real Estate Appraisal & Sales
Market Research
Facilities Management
Travel Planning & Consulting
Property & Estate Management
Transportation & Logistics
Budget Planning & Policy Management
Communications & Utility Operations

Earth Sciences:
Earth Science

Primary, Secondary & Higher Education & Administration

Environmental Sciences, Management & Engineering:
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Energy Analysis
Environmental Engineering
Recycling Services
Natural Resource Management
Air/Water Quality Control Management

Planning, Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering:
Community, Urban & Regional Planning
Economic Development
Landscape Architecture
International Development
Transportation Planning & Management

Arts & Design:
Cartographic Design
Graphic Design

Geoscience, Cartography & Surveying:
Geography/ Geoscience
GIS Analysis & Management
Cartography & Cartographic Editing
GIS Programming & Development
Remote Sensing Analysis
Aerial Photo Interpretation

Community Studies
History/ Historic Preservation
Political Science & Analysis
Social Science
International Studies

Recreation & Tourism:
Recreation Planning
Tourism Development

State, County, & Municipal Administration & Management
Federal Agency Administration, Planning, & Management

Life Sciences:

Public Health:
Public Health Analysis
Health Care Delivery
Mental Health Services

Public Safety & Criminal Science:
Ambulance Service Management
Homeland Security
Fire & Emergency Services
Intelligence Analysis
Police & Crime Prevention

* List above compiled from US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a GISjobs.com survey, past articles in Directions Magazine, and current GIS job listings.

Questions about GIS careers? Contact Tora Johnson, service center director and GIS instructor at giscenter@maine.edu.

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