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Transitioning to the GIS Workplace

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Transitioning to the GIS Workplace

  1. 1. Transitioning to the Workplace A discussion of the factors associated with transitioning from school to work
  2. 2. Terminology • Intern: entry level, low-paying or volunteer, part-time jobs. Common route to full time work for some organizations • GIS specialist/technician: 1-2 years hands on experience with GIS based software • GIS Analyst: 2-3 years experience with GIS based software • GIS coordinator/manager: 5-6 years of experience in the field • Cartographic specialist: GIS tech. focused on constructing maps using GIS
  3. 3. GIS Certifications and Competencies • ESRI • • Desktop, Developer (coding), Enterprise (administration of systems) • State of California • Research Analyst 1 & 2 (GIS): • Focused on assessing years of training, education and experience, not actual knowledge • Required to apply (be reachable) for GIS jobs in Calif. • GISCI: GIS Certification Institute (GISP certification) • Involves a portfolio review and an exam • My experience/findings: • Counties: one year experience • State/Federal: three to five years of progressively more responsible experience
  4. 4. GIS Communities Places to network/place your career information • RAGU: Redding Area GIS Users group (meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 7:00, Roundtable Pizza, west end of Mt. Shasta Mall.) • FarNorCalGIS: • Meets quarterly, usually 10:00 to 2:00 at City Hall • ESRI: • GeoNet: • Free, electronic news letters (ArcWatch, ESRI Globe, ArcNews, ArcUser) • LinkedIn GIS communities ( • Groups: GPS/GIS jobs, ESRI Technical Certification, GIS, Going Places with Spatial Analysis, Society for Conservation GIS
  5. 5. GIS Communities Places to network/place your career information • URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association: • GIS Lounge: • Reddit: • Twitter:
  6. 6. GIS Communities Places to network/place your career information • Facebook: • Slide Share: • Personal website:
  7. 7. Web-based GIS job sites • Get GIS Jobs: • Provides a weekly e-mail with available jobs • Google the website of the organization that you are interested in. Request an RSS • GIS Lounge: • The GIS Jobs Clearing House: • Indeed: • Can specify location and specific job titles (Location is interpreted very broadly)
  8. 8. Transition to Work Documents •Job applying documents • Cover letters ( • Resumes ( • Portfolio construction and display (
  9. 9. Transition to Work Skills •Job Applying Skills • Informational Interviews ( • Networking ( RAGU, FarNorCalGIS, LinkedIn, GeoNet • Interviews (
  10. 10. Presenting yourself: Sources of “how to” information • LinkedIn Pulse • YouTube videos (Aimee Bateman) (eHow) (Vanderbilt University)(Richard Bolles) • Google • Articles available upon request • RAGU • FarNorCalGIS
  11. 11. Local companies using GIS
  12. 12. Questions, comments, input • GIS related articles available upon request