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Geo-Spatial Technologies for Indiana Educators and Students


Career Opportunities

Many disciplines utilize tools to analyze information from a spatial (geographic) perspective. These tools have been the traditional tools employed by geographers. Through the use of these tools, the user becomes a "temporary" geographer, that is they are viewing information from a geographer's perspective (through a geographer's lens). Their ability to understand and manage information is greatly enhanced due to these diverse and proven tools.

Such geo-spatial technology tools for the 21st century are dynamic, robust, and informative. Tools such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographic information systems/sciences), orthophotography, satellite imagery and remote sensing offer numerous possibilities for obtaining, managing, manipulating, analyzing, sharing and resolving data (information) in order to solve problems.

Due to the diverse nature of geo-spatial technologies, diverse employment opportunities exist for individuals interested in utilizing these tools. Individuals with skills in various geo-spatial technologies fields are in demand as these are the largest-growing employment fields globally.

IGIC 2015 Indiana GIS Professional Employment Survey

Meet a few practitioners of geo-spatial technologies across the state of Indiana. Diverse career opportunities are found for those majoring in Geography and/or GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Connections to the high school and college curriculum are provided with a focus on "what" jobs entail. Some of the individuals are available to visit with classrooms.

10 Year Industry Forecast - American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - http://www.asprs.org/news/forecast/

Career Voyages - GeoSpatial Technologies - information about industry forecasts and in-demand occupations from the Departments of Labor and Education.\

Geography Jobs.com provides information about geography-related positions available, people searching for employment, and diverse possibilities that is geography.

Geospatial Employment Demands - An article from the Department of Labor about fiscal spending in order to address the employment demands needed presently and in the future in the many fields encompassed by the term geo-spatial technologies.

GISCorps sponsored by URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) -
GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer based GIS services to underprivileged communities: humanitarian, environmental, economic development, capacity enhancement, health, and education. Gives students, parents, and educators an idea about the diverse employment possibilities that GIS and geo-spatial technologies offers. Open to educator involvement/volunteerism.

Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Technical Workforce Training at Two-Year Colleges - http://www.ncge.org/publications/gew/NCGE_NSF_workshop_report%20single-sided_May23.pdf

Possible employment announcements via the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, http://www.acsm.net/employment.html

Mapping Opportunities. Scientists who can combine geographic information with satellite data are in demand in a variety of disciplines. Article published in the January, 2004, Vol. 427, NATURE magazine. http://www.aag.org/nature.pdf

Meet a few practitioners of Geography in diverse disciplines via the American Association of Geographers: Member Profiles

About.com with Mark Rosenburg offers articles and information related to "Careers in Geography"