Unlimited Web HostingFree WordPress ThemesTemplate Sales
Sponsored Links

Careers in GIS, available in eBook AND paperback!

Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job is now for sale as an eBook AND in paperback.  Hundreds of copies of the eBook have sold over the last few months.  The demand reached a boiling point for a print version of the Careers in GIS text by numerous GIS job hunters.  So now you can take your pick!

The paperback version is for sale on Lulu.com for $9.99 plus shipping.

The eBook version is still for sale on Amazon.com for $4.99.

Take your pick as to which version you prefer.  Remember with the eBook format, you do not need to own a Kindle to read the text.  Just download the free Kindle app to your PC/Mac/tablet/smartphone or simply read it in the Amazon Cloud and you will be ready to increase your GIS job hunting skills.

Careers In GIS: The Book?!?

Yes, it is true!  An eBook titled, Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job, is here!  This new book has up to date information that has previously been touched upon by this blog but also includes tons (well, maybe not tons but hundreds of pounds) of new material to help you land a job in the GIS industry.  Better yet, this eBook is available for the bargain price of $4.99.  Less than $5 to get some insightful strategies on how to get a GIS job?  How can you go wrong?  Click here to purchase.

What about a list of chapters?  No problem…

  1. GIS Job Hunting Requirements
  2. Passion of the GIS
  3. Should You Be a Big Fish in a Little GIS Pond?
  4. Checking Up on the GIS Competition
  5. Learn How to Make Damn Map!
  6. GIS Gruntwork
  7. Should I Get a GIS Certificate?
  8. Finding the Best GIS Certificate Program
  9. Your GIS Graduate Degree and You
  10. Which Database Platform Is Best to Know for GIS?
  11. GIS Programming: It’s Unavoidable
  12. YouTube Your GIS Skillz
  13. How to Search the Web for GIS Jobs
  14. Employer’s Websites: The Best Kept GIS Secret
  15. Free GIS E-Newsletters, Don’t Miss an Opportunity!
  16. Watch the GIS blogs!
  17. Social media and GIS
  18. Congregate with Your Own GIS Kind
  19. GIS Jobs in Developing Countries
  20. GI$
  21. Questions You Should Be Asking at the GIS Interview
  22. Neogeographer: Become One…Or Don’t…
  23. What Happened to the GIS Analyst?
  24. Want a GIS Job? It’s Time to Get Political
  25. The GIS Job Urban Myth…or Is It?
  26. Create Some GIS Out of Nothing

The eBook, Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job, can be purchased for the Amazon Kindle.  Now if you don’t own an actual Kindle, no need to worry.  You can just download the Kindle app for Windows, Mac, Android, Blackberry, or iOS and read the book on your desktop/laptop/phone/tablet device.  Or if you don’t own any of those, you can also read the book online through the Kindle Cloud reader.

Thanks so much for supporting Careers in GIS.  This book is the next chapter in its evolution (pun intended).  Any feedback is appreciated.

Want a GIS Job? It’s Time to Get Political.

A large majority of GIS jobs exist in local government – state, province, county, parish, city, territory, village, or hamlet. This statement shouldn’t be something new to you though. If you’re looking for a GIS job, local government is a very good starting point. The problem is that you and every other qualified GIS professional knows this. To complicate matters, whether you want to admit it or not, politics may enter into the mix as to whether you find out about a job or even get an interview. So get friendly with those who may have political connections. That can never hurt your chances at getting your dream GIS job…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

Passion of the GIS

Ask yourself: do you love GIS? Now ask: why do you love GIS? Why did you choose to study it in school? If you didn’t study GIS in school, why are you interested in it now? Would you incorporate GIS into your career or into your life even if it wasn’t your primary concern or even if you weren’t being paid to deal with it?

These questions should answer where your passion lies. I’ve seen too many people studying GIS or looking for a job involving GIS who simply have a look of apathy or hopelessness in their eyes. If you happen to receive a job interview, an interviewer will notice this. People can usually tell whether you’re excited about an opportunity or not. And I don’t mean “excited” because you’re desperate for a job but excited because you love what you do and you want them to know how much you love it. You should love talking about it. You should get giddy mentioning it…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

GIS Jobs in Developing Countries

 

International organizations can provide some assistance in developing countries when it comes to finding GIS jobs. Simply put: everyone needs maps. All organizations included on the list below have GIS/mapping needs to further their purposes (either currently or in the past few years) in various parts of the world. Having staff that not only know GIS but also know about local culture, environment, language, or politics provide a massive benefit. Possessing these skills allow the international organizations to move their plans forward with much greater speed. As a result, they’ll reach their goals of helping the environment or the people they’re trying to assist more quickly.

As with most employment opportunities around the world, networking is necessary. Acquiring a job with one of the organizations below is not easy in certain cases, but it’s still possible. Here are a few bits of advice when exploring the given options:

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

What Happened to the GIS Analyst?

 

New data capture devices. New data sources. New media. New types of distribution. All of these have a foundation in the realm of GIS development and technology and will not go away anytime soon. There will always be something new around the corner that’ll require some sort of technical/computer programming know-how in relation to GIS.

However, what happened to the GIS analyst? Plenty of developers can create a mobile device application that collects geo-locations of people who bought coffee this morning and then display their locations on a map. So what? What good is that data? Will it improve society and tell us more about ourselves? Where is the analysis? Do not misunderstand. These new Web 2.0/NeoGeo data collection and display applications are awesome. They’ve driven the GIS industry to new and interesting places. But how can we have all these great new data and applications and no new analysts?

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

Neogeographer: Become One…Or Don’t…

As you search around for jobs related to GIS, you may run across the terms “Neogeographer,” “Neogeography,” or “Neogeo.”  Don’t be afraid of these terms. They grew out of the need to describe how people acquire knowledge or how they do their jobs relating to new ways of collecting, distributing, and viewing spatial data.

For those of you wondering what these terms mean or even if they apply to you, the best place to start is by first defining “Neogeography.” The definition is debatable, but in general Neogeography is associated with geospatial technology that developed outside of the classic GIS realms of institutional Geography departments and proprietary software applications. In other words, those with location-based data, time on their hands, and a knack for innovation set out to create something that would be interesting, fun, and accessible to many through the Internet or mobile devices. Google Earth, OpenStreetMap, Foursquare, Layar, could all be considered products of Neogeography. O’Reilly Media actually published an entire textbook in 2006 named Introduction to Neogeography, if you are interested in more details.

So is it good to be a neogeographer?…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

Finding the Best GIS Certificate Program

Unfortunately, no major magazine or online publication ranks GIS certificate programs the same way business schools, law schools, and undergraduate colleges receive ranks. Therefore, it’s up to you to decide. You shouldn’t necessarily look for the best GIS certificate program. You should look for the program that best fits your needs.

There are GIS Certificates offered at colleges and universities all over the world, but each of them have different curriculums, different instructors, and different requirements. Here is a list of GIS certificate programs maintained by the University Consortium on Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). The list is fairly comprehensive but I’ll let you be the judge.

PhDs.org is another measuring stick that you can use to judge a certificate program. But this site ranks the graduate school program, not the certificate program.  Do a search for Geography programs on the site and then choose the priorities that are most important to you.

I recommend using a select set of criteria to decide whether a certain GIS certificate program is for you…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

Free GIS E-Newsletters, Don’t Miss an Opportunity!

There are many FREE GIS-related newsletters and/or e-magazines out there that you can feed to your email account or Google homepage through an RSS feed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Many of these newsletters contain not only GIS industry information but also GIS job information.

It can get a bit annoying having all these feeds crowding your inbox along with information flowing in from GIS blogs, Twitter accounts, and Facebook posts. However, here are the facts: if you aren’t reading these, someone else is. And guess what? They are your competition! If you really want to land that great job opportunity, you’ll need to spend 30 to 60 minutes per day doing research. The early bird does not get the worm anymore. The bird who gets the worm is the one who never went to sleep in the first place.

Subscribe to the following major email GIS newsletters/e-magazines. All for free…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!

Which Database Platform is Best to Know for GIS?

Databases are the backbone of any GIS system. They are the “I” in GIS. This means that a knowledge of databases (particularly the software used to manage them) should be somewhere in your repertoire. And by “knowledge,” I mean learn the basics of a database system. How to access a table. How to make a query. How to log in. These are all considered basic skills. When you finally get that GIS job you want, you’ll likely either need to link map files on your desktop or from the Internet to records stored in a database. Or you’ll need to store all of your data records, including map files, in a database management system. Of course, knowing how to operate one database platform doesn’t mean you’re automatically familiar with all of them. Regardless, knowing even one DBMS gives you two advantages: 1) It shows an employer that you’re familiar with the concepts of a DBMS.  2) It shows an employer you can learn how to work with different database platforms.

I’ll bet you’re wondering this: “Which database system should I become familiar with?” A more important question to ask is this: “Which database system CAN I become familiar with?”…

….To continue with this post and find the answers to these interesting questions along with tons of other related material, check out Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job as an eBook or paperback!