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.
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Economics, Business & Administration:
Real Estate Appraisal & Sales
Travel Planning & Consulting
Property & Estate Management
Transportation & Logistics
Budget Planning & Policy Management
Communications & Utility Operations
Primary, Secondary & Higher Education & Administration
Environmental Sciences, Management & Engineering:
Natural Resource Management
Air/Water Quality Control Management
Planning, Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering:
Community, Urban & Regional Planning
Transportation Planning & Management
Geoscience, Cartography & Surveying:
GIS Analysis & Management
Cartography & Cartographic Editing
GIS Programming & Development
Remote Sensing Analysis
Aerial Photo Interpretation
History/ Historic Preservation
Political Science & Analysis
Arts & Design:
Recreation & Tourism:
State, County, & Municipal Administration & Management
Federal Agency Administration, Planning, & Management
Public Health Analysis
Health Care Delivery
Mental Health Services
Public Safety & Criminal Science:
Ambulance Service Management
Fire & Emergency Services
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 courses or services at UMM? Contact Tora Johnson, service center director and GIS instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.