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GeoSearch 2011 Wage and Salary Report for GIS

GeoSearch, who is an aggregator of GIS job listings, has compiled a 2011 wage and salary report. The report is based on job listings and surveys. Unlike other wage and salary surveys, they have surveyed the employer, instead of the employee. If you are interested in seeing what to expect for a career in GIS, please see the link below.   The good news is that D.C. area was one of four areas that was mentioned as having the highest GIS job postings in the nation.


Job Postings

Airborne Sensor Operator/Imagery Analyst Job

SAIC – Bridgewater, VA, US (Charlottesville, Virginia Area):



Disney’s plans for renovation and expansion of California Adventure park will create up to 2,300 permanent jobs by the end of 2012.:


NOVA/USGS Physical Science Technician Program

Curriculum Reqts Phys Sci Tech USGS

The NOVA/USGS Physical Science Technician Program is new and in the formative stages.  The USGS is looking for well trained candidates to serve in Internship positions during the summer months.  These are paid internships with the possibility of placement this coming summer.  We have established curriculum requirements (link above) for the intern candidates.  This program will ultimately lead to a new Associates of Applied Science degree at NOVA (in work).  Ultimately the USGS is looking for candidates to fill these internships as well as qualified individuals that may be interested in employment at the USGS.  We are planning a “career fair” with the USGS in January (date, location forthcoming) where you will learn much more about the new program and opportunities at the USGS.

The Top Five Skills Needed to Have a Successful GIS Career

From Directions Magazine:

The Top Five Skills Needed to Have a Successful GIS Career

Tuesday, September 13th 2011
This article looks at the reasons our editors give for the individual skills that they suggest.
ESRI editors offer their suggestions to those looking to enhance their career in GIS by listing the top five skills they believe those individuals should possess. Editor in Chief Joe Francica and Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg take slightly different approaches to this task and they provide a brief explanation of their top picks here.
From Adena Schutzberg:
-Teach yourself new procedures/workflows/software
-Work in a team
-Act (research/read/learn/explore/contribute) based on your curiosity/responsibility
-Find a/several mentor(s)
-Confidently communicate orally, in writing, in graphic form, in front of an audience, on video, via Twitter, etc.
From Joe Francica
Three Basic Skills

Programmatic skills, Problem solving skills, Spatial thinking skills

Two Advanced Skills
Be an expert in one specific discipline,Communication skills are essential 

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