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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.

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!

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!

Should I get a GIS certificate?

Simple answer: it certainly won’t hurt you. If you just graduated from college or are just starting out in the GIS industry, I encourage you to get a GIS certificate. It can only help your chances of finding a job.  You need to consider a few things though….

Look carefully at the different certificate programs offered by colleges and universities. What sort of classes are in the curriculum? How many classes are required to complete the program? Not all GIS certificates are equal. No all-powerful oversight committee or accreditation body decides which schools can offer certificates and which ones cannot. That decision is left up to the educational institution in question. These certificate programs are no doubt put together with the best intentions, but be wary of what you enroll in…

….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!