Developing Job Skills from the GIS&T BoK: Part 2


This is the 2nd 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 our first draft we created job skill profiles for each of the ten knowledge areas specified in the GIS&T BoK. Human Resources was concerned that these were too many categories and asked that we reduce this number to something more manageable. In the end we trimmed it down to five Job skills representing six GIS&T knowledge areas.

Analytical Methods (includes elements from Geocomputaion)
Cartography and Visualization
Design Aspects and Data Modeling
Geospatial Data (includes elements from Data Manipulation)
Organizational & Institutional Aspects

We sprinkled the above categories from the final two knowledge areas: Conceptual Foundations and GIS&T and Society

So without further ado here are the five job skill profiles:
Analytical Methods
Cartography & Visualization
Design Aspects & Data Modeling
Geospatial Data
Organizational & Institutional

In my next post I will cover how we distributed the job skills between technicians and scientists.

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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.