5 March 2012
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, After All, It’s About Geospatial Jobs
The geospatial technology professional is at a turning point. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified the need for 330,000 qualified geospatial technologists to fill positions during the next 10 years. On top of that, geospatial technology is embedded in both mobile location apps and enterprise computing, increasing awareness of the technology and the need for those who understand GIS. So, where will we find qualified professionals to do the job? Editor in Chief Joe Francica looks at an important initiative that supports job training and education.
Certain occasions call for evangelization and this is one of those times. For the last three years, I have been a member of the National Visiting Committee, the oversight body that advises the National Geospatial Technology Center (GeoTech Center) in its mission to advance education at two-year colleges. The most profound accomplishment of the GeoTech Center during this period has been the completion of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), a descriptive treatise that supports the development of geospatial technology curricula at the community college level. The GTCM lists the core competencies necessary to become a qualified geospatial technologist. In addition to curriculum development, the GTCM can be effectively used as source material to create job descriptions and other professional guidelines.