The demand for geospatial scientists across a wide range of disciplines and employment sectors continues to increase the options for GIST careers. According to the US Department of Labor, the geospatial industry will be one of the technology areas creating the most jobs in the coming decade. In North Carolina alone, the NC Department of Commerce projects an average of 360 openings per year through the year 2020.
To help our students meet that demand and link students to potential employers, we have created this page to serve as a ‘dashboard,’ providing students with a centralized place to find job links, gain insight into professional organizations, and learn about other geospatial professional development opportunities to further GIST careers. In addition to our links below, you will also find numerous professional development resources through Degree Prospects’ Data Science portal.
Students are also encouraged to join our LinkedIN Networking Group where you can discuss the geospatial profession and network with alumni and other current students.
In addition to individual job and internship announcements posted via the MGIST and Certificate listservs, there are numerous job search engines specific to the geospatial industry to help your GIST careers search. In addition to those listed below, students also have access to ePACK, the job and internship repository for NC State students.
A few of the more prominent job blogs are highlighted below.
The GIS Jobs Map: Interactive map cataloging GIS positions in the US and several countries.
The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse: Summary of numerous other job sites
Opportunities with Esri: Student Jobs and Internships with Esri
There are several professional organizations that students may consider for membership to enhance their GIST careers. Membership benefits and fees can vary, but generally provide exclusive access to job postings, professional conferences, and other professional development activities and materials. If you are interested in becoming a member of any of these organizations, contact Dr. Eric Money, the Associate Director of Professional Education, for the possibility of reduced or free membership as a student.
GISP: The GISP (Certified GIS Professional) is a certification credential that many geospatial professionals seek as part of their career development and aspirations. While a GISP certification is not a necessity for many employers, students are encouraged to examine the criteria for obtaining the GISP. It is multi-year process, and many of our students have used the MGIST and Certificate programs to meet some of the GISP requirements. The GISP process is administered by the GIS Certification Institute. Students should consult their website for more information.
GEOINT: The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation has also recently announced a new pilot program for GEOINT credentialing. Visit the USGIF website for more information.
ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (formerly American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) maintains a certification program for professionals.
There are a number of conferences, both general and specialized, that occur each year and are a great opportunity to present your work, network with other geospatial professionals and potential employers, and learn about trends and innovations in the geospatial sciences. Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to attend these conferences and submit abstracts for posters and presentations. For students presenting at a conference, some funds may be available to support travel and registration. Students should consults with the program director for more information. A few of the more popular conferences are listed below.
GEOINT Symposium (USGIF)
North Carolina GIS Conference (NCGIS)
Open Source Geospatial Foundation Annual Meeting (FOSS4G: North American and International)