A very good post on geospatial skills needed for landing that GIS Analyst/Specialist job.

John Donoghue

Note: This post is a 2013 update to my earlier post on Learning GIS and Getting a GIS Job – Some Tips and Tricks which was originally posted in 2009.

In 2009 I wrote a post on how to obtain a GIS job that focused on pathways to learn GIS, critical skills every GIS analyst should know and ways to augment traditional learning pathways to set you apart from other job candidates. Even though this post is well over 3 years old, it’s still read by people interested in the topic and I still receive comments.

I recently re-read the post and decided that an update was in order. Software has changed and old skills need to be replaced with new skills to keep up with the evolving GIS software industry. For brevity, I’ve focused this new post on changes and revisions to the recommendations I made in my earlier post

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Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 3


This is the 3nd 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

This is the last post on developing job skills from the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge. The two images below are the final matrices for Geospatial Technicians and Scientists here you will see three additional knowledge area that are not geospatial but are considered important for all technicians and scientists at my agency. You will notice that geospatial technicians are evaluated on four knowledge areas while scientists have the additional Institutional and Organizational knowledge area.

How it works: Find a position  of interest by reading across then read down the column, the the numbers correspond to the levels in the job skill knowledge areas previously posted. You will have to open them up (below) to read them. They are too verbose for me to retweet.

Example: Supervisor (Supv)
8+ Years of experience
Design Aspects & Data Modeling (3 – Extensive Experience)
Cartography & Visualization 
(4 – Subject Matter Depth & Breath)
Analytical Methods (3 – Extensive Experience)
Geospatial Data (4 – Subject Matter Depth & Breath)
Organizational & Institutional (4 – Subject Matter Depth & Breath)


Hello World!

geoDemesne is a blog pertaining to the geographic location and characterization of natural or constructed features and boundaries on, above, or below the earth surface; especially referring to data that is geographic and spatial in nature. That being said geoDemesne will focus on developing practical solutions to geospatial problems using Python and C#.

This blog is authored by staff members of the Geospatial Unit of the Regulation Department at South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). SFWMD is a regional governmental agency supervised by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and is responsible for water qualityflood controlwater supply and restoration of the environment in 16 counties in Central and Southern Florida. It is the largest water management district in the state, managing water needs for 7 million residents of South Florida.

The authors:

Carlos Piccirillo – GISP
Sr. Geographer – Regulation GIS

Jin Ma – GISP
Geographer 2 – Regulation GIS

Juan Tobar – GISP
Supervisor Geographers – Regulation GIS

My wife and I in Grand Teton National Park

I have 20 years of experience in the field as a GIS Analyst, Coordinator, and Supervisor and have worked in New York, Texas, California, and Florida.

My interests are primarily in the management, organization, and dissemination of large geospatial data collections. My talents are a creative and analytical mind with an obsessive compulsion to simplify and organize. I have written programs in AML, Avenue, Perl, VBA, Python, and C#.

You can check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Linda McCafferty – GISP
Geographer 3 – Regulation GIS

Shakir Ahmed – GISP
Geographer 3 – Regulation GIS

Timothy Liebermann – GISP
Senior Geographer – Regulation GIS