August 22, 2014

Careers in GISci


Job Growth for Geospatial Technologies

Geospatial Technology  is identified by the United States Department of Labor as a  “High Growth Industry”:

“Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.”  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment within the geospatial technologies is “expected to grow 19% from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.  Increasing demand for fast, accurate, and complete geographic information will be the main source of job growth.”  


Careers in GISci

Spatial distribution of business sales

Businesses use GIS to find optimal sites for new locations, allocate resources, and plan delivery routes.  See for more examples. 










Ohio Land Use Land Cover

Natural Resources & Conservation
Natural resource professionals use GIS to research ecosystem functions, study species, manage forest resources, and identify optimal sites for new conservation areas or resource extraction.  See and for more examples. 











3D Model of New York Prior to September 11

 Homeland Security
Geospatial technologies are used heavily in relation to homeland security and military operations.  GISci spatial analyses allow for identification of areas of highest priority for national security.  This ranges from protecting current assests to planning and responding to national distasters.  See for more examples. 











 Emergency Management/Response & Law Enforcement
Emergency Management personnel use geospatial technologies to respond to and plan for emergencies.  Responders are routed to events through GIS and
resources needed for responses can be evaluated using GIS.  Police use GIS to map crimes and highlight areas for increased enforcement.  See for more examples.








Aerial view of city parcels

City, County, & State Governments
Government entities use geospatial technologies to map and manage utilities and infrastructure.  See for more examples. 



Finding GIS Jobs

The following web pages are the most common for locating current GIS job postings:
Geospatial Careers
GIS Jobs
GIS Jobs Clearinghouse
Geo Jobs
GIS Careers
GIS Connection
Geocomm Careers 

Interested in Salary Information?  Click the links below.
GISJOBS.COM Salary Survey Results for the USA Salary Information: GIS Technician Salary Information:  GIS Specialist