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AAG Offers Suite of New Resources for Students and Job Seekers

AAG Offers Suite of New Resources for Students and Job Seekers
Students looking for information about undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as currently available graduate assistantships, internships, and postdoc positions in geography now have a suite of resources available from the AAG.

AAG Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas – Our popular guide to undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of geography has been enhanced with a new interactive map. Easy-to-use search tools allow students to explore and discover geography programs by degree type, region, and program specialization.

AAG Student and Postdoc Opportunities Website – This site features a variety of graduate assistantships, internships, and postdoctoral researcher positions in the discipline. Academic departments may post their student and postdoc opportunities on the site at no charge.

AAG Jobs in Geography Center – Job seekers can begin their search on this site, which offers the latest geography-related job openings in the academic, public, private, and nonprofit sectors, along with a wide array of practical resources that can assist students with career planning and the job hunt.

For more information, contact Mark Revell at mrevell@aag.org.

Attention GIS Students!! Should you have programming skills?

From Directions Magazine

GIS Jobs of Today: Should you have programming skills?

By Diana S. Sinton

Editor’s Note:In a field that evolves as rapidly as geospatial information science and technologies, the idea of “getting a GIS job” may not be as straight-forward as it sounds. What are employers looking for, and how do you know that your training and education will get you there? JoinDirections Magazineas we continue a short series of articles examining these topics.

Traditional textbook definitions of GIS often reference the inclusion of software, hardware, data, methods and people, indicating that all components are part of the system that works with geographic information. Characteristics and components of all of these have changed significantly over time, but perhaps none so much as the software itself. In practice, we have gone well beyond a black and white world of proprietary vs. open-source, or desktop vs. mobile. In professional practice, it’s all of them.

That’s not to say that people don’t use a GIS “out of the box” to do their work. They do. It’s that the box is not the defining container that it once was. Customization of solutions is an expectation, reflecting the diversity of applications and the expanding breadth of use cases. Interoperability is possible, so it is expected. The tremendous driving force of web- and mobile-based solutions can only continue.

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Making a Career in Geointelligence

From GIS Lounge

APRIL 11, 2016



The turn of the century has brought to the fore a new era of crisis situations like the global war against terror, fight against the spread of Ebola and the Syrian refugee crisis. The common thread running through these situations trending through 2015, has been the analysis of location and geographical spread. At every moment of these crises, GIS has provided the framework for a real time situational awareness and problem resolution.

In the face of global situations that call for analysis of visual imagery, application of geospatial technologies and the craft of intelligence, Geointelligence emerges as the critical link.

Today, career opportunities in Geointelligence are exploding, not just in the United States and the U.K., but the world over. So if you have an analytical bent of mind and are predisposed to everything ‘geo’, perhaps you could explore Geointelligence as a career option?

What is Geointelligence?

Geointelligence (GEOINT) is a mashup of technology, critical information and analytical rigor for a decision advantage in humanitarian response, strategic defense, security or investigative analysis..

Recognizing the special needs of crisis situations plaguing the world, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) has become the trailblazer of Geointelligence as the profession most equipped to tackle these global problems.

Over the years, USGIF has made efforts at accreditation and support of academic programs to create standardization throughout the GEOINT community and the GEOINT profession.

What are the requirements of the GEOINT profession?

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A Look at GIS Salaries

From GIS Lounge:
A Look at GIS Salaries


How much do those working in GIS make? In trying to figure out the financial landscape for the GIS industry, there are a few different sources available for determining what kind of salary you can expect to make as a GIS professional. The Bureau of Labor Statistics periodically updates its Occupational Outlook Handbook which contains a several sections covering geospatial professionals (more detail here).

Another way is through a salary survey. URISA puts out an extensive GIS salary survey roughly every three to four years. A smaller and more informal salary survey was conducted by GIS Lounge back in 2013.

If you are looking for more fine-grained and current GIS salary survey information, one method is via the job aggregation site, Indeed.com. The site offers a salary search tool that allows the user to enter in a job title and geographic location to see what the average salaries are for that position based on Indeed’s database of over 50 million jobs. When you search for a position, Indeed pulls listed salary information and presents an overall average salary amount as well as a graph showing how that salary information varies over the past four years.

Leaving the location box blank returns a national average for that position. You can also enter different titles to get a comparison of job positions. So how do the different GIS job titles stack up in terms of salaries?

I entered a range of common GIS job titles (e.g. intern, technician, specialist, analyst, and developer) and left the location box empty so I could see the national averages. Indeed assigns job types based not only on the job title but also pulls from the job descriptions. There is an option to restrict the calculations purely based on the job title by checking the box beneath the job search boxes.

Overall, the average salaries follows along the rough hierarchy one expects for GIS job titles. For example, that is GIS interns make the least amount of money, followed by GIS technicians. GIS Analysts average more than the GIS specialists and both GIS programmers and developers earn more than the Analysts. Among the management level positions, GIS coordinators make the least on average, followed by GIS Managers. Finally, GIOs make on average the highest salary among all the GIS positions I searched for.

Each of the GIS job titles is hyperlinked so the user can see a current list of job listings. If the salary information is listed, this information is posted along with the rest of the metadata for that job listing.


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Geospatial Competency Lifecycle-Geospatial Education and Career Pathway

From Geospatial World:

Geospatial Competency Lifecycle – Geospatial Education and Career Pathway

The definition of geospatial career pathways, offering professional growth opportunities following a geospatial paradigm with associated competencies, will enhance the appeal of starting positions and draw smart young people into our field. By Prof Josef Strobl

Very likely only a minority of current staff are on a geospatial career path, most rather fill a specific position without a clear development track. Offering attractive careers will be critical to attract and retain bright and motivated brains. Progressing from entry-level experience towards geospatial 2.X, 3.X etc and ultimately C-level positions is a prospect important for the ‘brainware’ lifecycle, as progressive development through generations and versions is for software.

The‚ ‘brainware’ behind managing and operating spatial data infrastructures, generating information from geospatial sensors and data, and effective geovisual communications increasingly is considered the main critical success factor for leveraging geospatial technologies across its application domains. Education and training on various levels are supposed to develop these competences. Even though educational programs proliferate, student numbers often stay below expectations and industry is struggling to hire qualified staff. After decades as an established discipline, (too) many geospatial positions in public administration and businesses are still being filled by people “trained on the job”.

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Looking for a Job in Geography?

AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center Adds New Features and Functionality

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Jobs-site-seekersLooking for a job in geography?

The AAG Jobs in Geography and GIS Center is the preeminent source for academic jobs in geography, as well as a wide variety of jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. It’s the best place to find your next great opportunity or even your dream jobIf you’re a student, it’s also a strong source for graduate assistantships, postdoc positions and internships.

With our redesigned website, we’ve made it easier than ever to start your search. Set up an account to save versions of your CV/resumé and cover letter, create tailored searches to customize job ad results to your interests and set up alerts for new job postings. You can also save job openings, communications with employers and any notes about companies and opportunities.

Directly apply for individual job postings by sharing your resumé and/or post your resume anonymously in the job bank where employers search for and view professional profiles. If contacted via the blind process, you can decide whether you’d like to be considered for the position.

You’ll also find great resources to help you prepare for your career, analyze salary data and trends, attend special events, learn about what other geographers are doing and locate geography programs.

And, if you’re an AAG member, you can take advantage of the 14-day preview of new jobs to get a head start in the application process.

Sign up at jobs.aag.org and … find your place.

Americorp GIS Analyst Position

We are currently looking for a one year AmeriCorps GIS Analyst to support the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement headquarters in Washington D.C.  Qualifications: Recently graduated student or graduating in the spring of 2014 in the field of Geography, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related degree.   Applicant must reside in the Washington DC area or is willing to relocate to Washington D.C. at his/her own expense (No Relocation Cost will be provided)

If you are interested in applying, send your resume and cover letter to aeckert@osmre.gov

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Speed Mentoring Event


$30.00 registration fee

INSA’s Intelligence Champions Council is partnering with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to host the first Speed Mentoring event of 2014 on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Marriott Key Bridge, Arlington, VA.  Ellen McCarthy, NGA Chief Operating Officer will keynote the program. Before joining NGA she served as the president of INSA. Prior to joining INSA in 2008, she was Director of the Human Capital Management Office (HCMO) and the Acting Director of Security within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)).

The Speed Mentoring Event is an opportunity to build connections among students, young professionals, and more experienced mentors in the intelligence and national security communities. These events are energizing for both the young professionals as well as the senior mentors and provide both groups with the opportunity to meet and learn from new people. Last year, more than 200 mentees attended similar INSA and USGIF events to hear advice, listen to experiences and to network with members of the intelligence community as well as with one other. As a result of the very favorable response to last year’s events conducted by both INSA and USGIF, we expect even greater participation at this year’s collaborative event