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					   The Geospatial Work Force:
Meeting Wisconsin’s Future Needs
                   Presented by:
  Geospatial Information & Technology Association,
       WI Chapter Executive Board members:
        Thomas Tym – Ruekert / Mielke, Inc.
Emily Champagne – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage
                   District (MMSD)
Agenda

 Where are the jobs
 Education vs. Compensation
 Breaking into the Profession
 Recruitment Strategies
  & Prospects
Public Sector Jobs

 Federal Government
 State Government
 Regional Government
 County Government
 Municipal or local Government
 Educational Institution
Federal Government

   National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency
    (NGA)
   Homeland Security (FEMA)
   United States Geological Survey (USGS)
   National Resources Conservation Service
    (NRCS)
   Many others
State Government

 Department of Natural Resources
  (DNR)
 Department of Transportation (DOT)
 Department of Administration (DOA)
    – Facilities Management
    – Military Affairs
   Several Others
Regional Government

 Regional Planning Commissions
 Metropolitan Sewerage Districts
 Water Management Districts
County Government

 Land Information Office
 Planning & Zoning
 Register of Deeds
 Emergency Management
 Conservationist
 Sheriffs Office
Municipal/Local Government

 Department of Public Works
 Planning & Zoning
 Public Services
    – Water Meter Reading
    – Snow Plowing
   Police Department
Education Institutions

   Teaching
    – High School
    – Technical Colleges
    – Universities
 Research
 State Cartographer
Private Sector Jobs

 Mapping Companies
 Consulting Firms
 Software Developers
 Utilities
 Land Development
 Non-Profits
 Others
Mapping Companies

 Publishers
 Conversion Companies
 Satellites Companies
Consulting Firms

 Engineering
 Planning
 Surveying
 Remote Sensing
Software Developers

 GIS
 CADD/Design
 Parcel
 Modeling
 Web
  Applications
Utilities

 Electrical
 Gas
 Telephone
 Pipelines
 Digger’s Hotline
Land Development

 Real Estate
 Title Companies
 Big Box Retail
Non-Profits

   Environmental
    – (e.g. Nature Conservancy, International Crane
      Foundation)

   Land Trusts
    – (e.g. Gathering Waters Conservancy based in Madison)

   Community Development
    – (e.g. Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago)

   Historical Preservation
    – (e.g. Taliesin Preservation in Spring Green, WI)
Others

 Insurance
 Forestry
 Agriculture
 Manufacturing
Educational Requirements,
Positions, & Compensation
   Technician level
    – Data Entry
    – CADD
    – Survey Crew
 2 Year Technical Degree
 Hourly Position
    – $20,000 to $40,000 per year
Educational Requirements,
Positions, & Compensation
   Sub Professional level
    – Programmer
    – Supervisory Management
    – Instrument Operator
 Bachelors Degree
 Hourly Position
    – $30,000 to $50,000 per year
Educational Requirements,
Positions, & Compensation
   Professional level
    – Software Engineer
    – Photogrammetrist
    – GIS Professional
 Bachelors/Masters Degree
 Salaried Position
    – $40,000 to $80,000 per year
Educational Requirements,
Positions, & Compensation
   Managerial level
    – Land Information Officer
    – Project Manager
    – Director of Public Works
 Bachelors/Masters Degree
 Salaried Position
    – $40,000 to $100,000 per year
Educational Requirements,
Positions, & Compensation
   Research/Education level
    – Professor
    – Researcher
    – Trainer
 Masters/Doctorate Degree
 Salaried Position
    – $30,000 to $120,000 per year
Job Skills

 Project Management
 Technical Support
 Report Writing
 Training
 Public Speaking
 Research
 Programming
Other Software Skills

 MS Access
 Excel
 SQL Server
 Visual Basic
 HTML / ASP
Software Skills (cont.)

 Mobile & Web
  Technology
 Visual Studio
 Silverlight
 Flex
 Python
Breaking Into The Profession

 Educational Opportunities
 Internships
 Professional Associations
 Publications
 Users Conferences
 Credentials
 Network
Educational Opportunities

 UW GIS Certificates and Degrees
 Online GIS Degrees
 Technical Training
    – Technical Colleges
    – Software Training
Internships

 Independent Study
 College Credit
 Summer Employment
    Professional Associations
           “National”
Urban & Regional Information Systems
  Association (URISA)
  urisa.org
Geographic Information Technology
  Association (GITA)
  gita.org
American Society for Photogrammetry and
  Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  asprs.org
      Professional Associations
             “Regional”
   Wisconsin Land Information Association
    (WLIA)
   Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa/Illinois
    Chapters of GITA
   Western Great Lake Chapter of ASPRS
   Minnesota GIS/LIS
   Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA)
   Michigan (IMAGIN)
Regional Conferences

   WLIA Spring Regional Meeting
    La Crosse, WI, May 17-18 (wlia.org)
 ILGISA NIU Naperville, IL, Oct 18-19,
  2011 (ilgisa.org)
 EWUG, Green Bay, WI, Nov 9-10,
  2011 (ewug.org)
 MN GIS/LIS St. Cloud, Oct 5-7, 2011
  (mngislis.org)
Publications

 Earth Observation Magazine
 PE&RS
 Professional Surveyor
 GeoWorld
 Geospatial Solutions
 Earth Imaging Journal
 ArcUser
Blogs
   James Fee’s blog http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/
   Planet GeoSpatial http://www.planetgs.com/
   Matt Artz’s GIS and Science
    Blog http://www.gisandscience.com./
   ESRI’s ArcGIS Blogs
   GoogleEarthBlog http://www.gearthblog.com/index.h
    tml
   SCO’s Wisconsin Mapping
    Bulletin http://news.sco.wisc.edu/
   NSGIC News http://news.nsgic.org/
Users Conferences

   Software Company Sponsored
    – ESRI
    – Autodesk
    – Intergraph
Credentials

 College Degree
 GIS Professional (GISP)
 Registered Land Surveyor
 Certified Photogrammetrist
 Professional Engineer
Network
Recruiting Strategies of Area
Companies
 Job Postings
 Networking
 Contract Work and Internships
 Employment Agencies and
  Recruiters
Job Postings
 Internal Company Postings
 Company Website
 Relevant Employment Websites
    –   GIS Jobs Clearinghouse (gjc.org)
    –   GISjobs.com & Geojobs.org
    –   GeoCommunity
    –   GIS Café
    –   Monster.com
    –   WI State Cartographers Office
         • http://www.sco.wisc.edu/jobs/jobs.php
    – WLIA (wlia.org/classified.cfm)
Job Postings

 Internal Company Postings
 Company Website
 Relevant Employment Websites
    – GIS Jobs Clearinghouse (gjc.org)
    – GISjobs.com & Geojobs.org
    – GeoCommunity
    – GIS Café
    – Monster.com
Job Postings

 Internal Company Postings
 Company Website
 Relevant Employment Websites
    – GIS Jobs Clearinghouse (gjc.org)
    – GISjobs.com & Geojobs.org
    – GeoCommunity
    – GIS Café
    – Monster.com
Networking

 “Conference Scouting”
 Employee Referrals
 Linked in
 Facebook
Other Recruiting Strategies

 Contract Work and Internships
 Employment Agencies and
  Recruiters
 Job Boards – local colleges &
  universities
 Internships
Future Prospects

   Many Opportunities
    – Upper Midwest
 Pent-up Demand
 Off-Shore Threat
 Surf the Net
   The Geospatial Work Force:
Meeting Wisconsin’s Future Needs
                   Presented by:
  Geospatial Information & Technology Association,
       WI Chapter Executive Board members:
        Thomas Tym – Ruekert / Mielke, Inc.
Emily Champagne – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage
                   District (MMSD)

				
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