Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 1


This is the 1st post on developing job skills from the GIS&T BoK. Other posts on this topic:
1. Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 1
2. Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 2
3. Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 3

In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be part of the core team that was charged with developing job skills for geospatial positions. At the beginning of this effort I realized that trying to summarize geospatial job skills from scratch would be a daunting task so I recommended that we base the skill sets on the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (GIS&T BoK) developed by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and published by the Association of American Geographers in 2006.

The GIS&T BoK includes ten knowledge areas, 73 units, 329 topics, and over 1,600 formal educational objectives. The areas include:

Analytical Methods
Cartography and Visualization
Design Aspects
Conceptual Foundations
Data Modeling
Data Manipulation
Geocomputation
Geospatial Data
GIS&T and Society
Organizational & Institutional Aspects

Using the GIS&T BoK as a starting point our task was to create job skill profiles for Geospatial Technicians (3 positions) and Scientists (9 positions). I will cover the skill sets we developed for the different positions in a later post.

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