Anyone else work in the GIS field?

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  1. Andrew Pratt

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    Just curious if there are any other Geographical Information Systems specialists on the board and if so who are they working for? I'm working for Ducks Unlimited Canada's national head quaters...with this being one of my on going projects Geese in Space
     
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    Hi, How does one go about getting in the GIS field?

    It's always sounded kinda interesting.

    Jeff
     
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    There are a couple of ways to do it but most of us typically either have a post degree diploma from one of the colleges or went though one of the 2 year dipolma programs without having the degree behind them. GIS is such a broad field these days that are really two levels of GIS people out there, you have those that are really GIS Tech's who likely have the college only dipolas and those that are the specialists or professionals that have training in some field and use GIS as a tool. I know quite a few tech type people that basically spend all day editing data which we all have to do at some point in our careers but trust me its not something I'd want to do for a long time (2 years was enough for me!)
    For myself I have a degree in Zoology (geography minor) and worked as a field biologist for Ducks Unlimited for quite a number of years. When PC's started rolling into the offices I ended up being the "goto" guy for problems etc in area office I was then working at. Later as Arcview became a tool some of our staff started using it for various simple tasks and a few of us took a couple of courses on it. A few years later my wife transfered to a larger city to get her ASL Interpreter training so I transfered to the head office which happened to be located in the same city. I started out doing the GIS data tech thing and while very boring it gave me a very solid foundation working with aerial photography and digitizing in CAD programs. From there it was a 'simple' matter or playing the 'game' and slowing moving over into the GIS team proper. A lot of it is being in the right place at the right time but to be in that place you might have to take some crappy low end job to get in the door...then work your ass off to get entrenched in the team[​IMG]
    Anyway the point I wanted to get across is that most of the jobs I see being filled are to those people that can offer more then just being able to create a 3D relief map etc. Thats not to say that people aren't going to get a job right out of a GIS program with no degree under their belt but it might be a tech type position or contract work to start. The best place that I know of to get your training is at COGS but I'm sure there's something equvilent in the US. Most of the COGS grads are hired very quickly from what I hear. If you're interested I can forward you on to some co workers of mine that recently graduted from this program
     
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    Ah trimble stuff...very accurate but not cheap[​IMG] Should be a fun course
     
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    Interesting work Andrew, I have seen programmes on tv about geese migration, its amazing how far they fly and so high. I forgot what kind of birds fly from Scandanavia to Greenland year year, think it was ducks.

    I work for Leica Geosystems in California, its like the Trimble company. I do the firmware on the GPS units, can be interesting somedays. Heard of Leica?
     
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    JamesNH,

     
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    Sounds really interesting.

    I do have an undergrad degree in Biology and have been working in the IT field for 4 years. Currently I am a systems analyst for a software company.

    I think I might start searching around for more info on this field.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     

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