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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:

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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?

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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?…

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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…

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