GIS As Your Career
GIS jobs are varied and are found within nearly all industries and sectors from government and defense to business and education. (Check out Esri's Industries Gateway to learn about the many opportunities in GIS.)
Outlook is Promising
Not only are the career opportunities numerous, but the field is predicted to grow considerably.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying and mapping technicians is expected to grow 19 percent 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.
US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration: DOLETA's High Growth Job Training Initiative identified 14 sectors (one of which was Geospatial Technology) that fit within the following criteria:
- They are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy or affect the growth of other industries; or
- They are existing or emerging businesses being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skills sets for workers.
Salaries: URISA conducts a periodic comprehensive Salary Survey for GIS Professionals.There were data issues with the 2014 survey, so we plan to proceed with a 2016 version ASAP. For an Executive Summary of the 2011 Salary Survey results, click here.
Job Titles: URISA has published a 2014 version of its Model GIS Job Descriptions publication, a useful resource for career paths and skills required along the way.
Recent grad? Here's a site specifically geared to Entry Level Jobs.
Are you seeking GIS professionals to fill positions in your department or agency? Advertise those positions in URISA Marketplace to reach the right people. URISA members and the GIS Community turn to URISA's Marketplace regularly when looking for their next great position.
Not only will your job posting be viewed on our job postings page (the most hits on our site), but we will tweet about it, post it on the URISA LinkedIn (5,000 + members) and the URISA Facebook page.
URISA Marketplace - Job Posting RATES
Deadline: No deadline, you can place an ad at anytime
Rates: $200 for URISA Members, $250 for Nonmembers
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