GIS as a Job Growth Area for IT Professionals
Authors: Timur Mirzoev, Anthony Moore, Brianna Pryzbysz, Melissa Taylor, John Centeno
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As more companies look to capitalize on the benefits of geospatial data, Geographic Information Systems provide an area for growth in the Information Technology job sector in the United States. Careers in GIS require geography, cartography, and IT skills. As the industry grows, candidates with these types of skills that are in demand and are needed to advance the geospatial industry forward. This industry is not generally known as a growth area to many IT professionals, and due to misleading job postings, many candidates may not know their skills are in demand. This study evaluates the job postings for four positions in the Geographical Information Systems field: GIS Specialist, GIS Analyst, GIS Database Manager, and GIS Developer. Multiple postings for each of these positions were searched and reviewed using five job posting boards: Monster.com, Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, GJC.org, and GISJobs.com. The postings were rated based on weighting criterion and compared to similar posting on other job boards. The results varied greatly from one posting to the next within the same job posting board as well as varying from similar postings on other job board websites. This study highlighted the need for the industry to set standards for education and experience required for each position. Having a standard job description and required job duties across the field will better enable those applying for the jobs ensure they have the proper skillsets needed to better perform the job which they are seeking.
Keywords- Geographic Information Systems; Information Technology; GIS Database Administrator; GIS Developer, GIS Analyst.