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ED in Columbus, Ohio

84 months ago

Smarten up, pal. GIS industry is full of so-called analysts / specialists educated by those six-month or one-year training programs. There is no room for people with high degrees. I've spent years to do serious study focusing on geodesy, surveying, programming, math, and spatial analysis. The fact, however is that lots of employers believe GIS just means a software package and piling layers up.

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jgb0607 in Dallas, Texas

67 months ago

GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida said: I would have to say that a degreee in the GIS field hurts you more than anything.... that time you spent at parties in college I was in the Marines doing GIS real time.... I am so tired of people looking at a degree and saying ooooohhh aaaahhhh, by the time you graduate the school, all methodologies have changed, software has become outdated and improvements in sensors has incresed dramatically...... real world experience is worth far more than some littel piece of paper saying you know where things are on the planet.....

What job did you have in the Marines utilizing GIS? I'm considering enlisting and am mostly interested in M.I. (Intelligence Analyst and/or Imagery Analyst. Thanks...

J

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GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida

67 months ago

0261 is gis and 0241 is imagery... even though 0241 is getting phased out over time due to the GIS knowledge base expanding

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Jeff in Columbus, Ohio

66 months ago

stay away from GIS!!! least-paid and hopeless!!!

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Jeff in Columbus, Ohio

66 months ago

If you do just low level GIS like map editing, then you are right. If dealing with data (accuracy, spatial adjustment this kind of things), then you have to go through graduate school.

GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida said: I would have to say that a degreee in the GIS field hurts you more than anything.... that time you spent at parties in college I was in the Marines doing GIS real time.... I am so tired of people looking at a degree and saying ooooohhh aaaahhhh, by the time you graduate the school, all methodologies have changed, software has become outdated and improvements in sensors has incresed dramatically...... real world experience is worth far more than some littel piece of paper saying you know where things are on the planet.....

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GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida

66 months ago

I completely disagree. I can honestly say with my experience a degree will not help you get a GIS supervisory position or a senior analyst position. I do not have any degrees or peices of paper that say I know what I say I know... I have experience and proof... I have worked my way up through the ranks in this industry and have a constant supply of weekly job offers because of my background and experience. I have been trying to help fellow GIS professionals with out the experience rather a college degree find positions but they are being passed over every time.

and to clarify...map editing can be done by trained monkeys... thats just making something look pretty... GIS is about the data, its attributes, and its spatial footprint. "Geospatial Intelligence"

Jeff in Columbus, Ohio said: If you do just low level GIS like map editing, then you are right. If dealing with data (accuracy, spatial adjustment this kind of things), then you have to go through graduate school.

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Chennai Indian in Madras, India

62 months ago

Hey there gis specialist!

I would like to know from you whether training in gis from esri would be enough to secure me an entry level job abroad or do i need a four year college degree to go along with it?

ps: i am not sure i will have the degree because,although i did attend college my prospects of graduating look bleak!

Cheers!!

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GIS Specialist in Apo

53 months ago

Ha! I agree with GIS in Tampa. I am fed up with employers who think that a college degree is some sort of panacea for hiring non-capable individuals.

But if you really have to have credentials, let's do some math on how proficient that makes a person. If you're going to school full time, you spend about 6 hours a week in class. A typical college semester is 18 weeks. That's 81 hours in a classroom each college semester. 8 semesters to get your degree (hopefully), and that's 864 hours in a classroom. Now, during the first two years, and indeed even after that, a university requires you to take a multitude of courses unrelated to GIS (i.e. English, US Government, Humanities and a slew of electives.) I even had to take public speaking. So subtract all of those courses from the total, and you end up with about 600-650 hours studying GIS theory, with little hands on application.

Now, at my half a year training course. it was 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 23 weeks. That's 920 hours in a geospatial training environment, and you better believe we were not writing any papers on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, or the Federalist papers. It was intensive study of geodesy, datum theory and practical analysis. Not to mention our training involved more than considering GIS theory out of a book. We had the proper equipment, facility and clearance to run simulations on our training. Shortly after leaving the facility, I was sent to the National Geospatial Agency for further courses, and also to seminars. These stacked up to approximately 500 hours. (4 x 120 and an estimated 20 hours for the seminars.) Then I was deployed, and worked 80 hours a week for 12 months as a GIS analyst. That's another 4128 hours of practical experience. All of this occured within a 3 year timespan. 1420 hours of GIS specific training, and 4128 hours of applied use. (Also, while overseas I did quite a bit of programming for our mission and databases.)

But hey, a degree is better, right?

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sara in Portland, Oregon

49 months ago

hi, that was a tru comment about Gis graduates, I HAVE A SON who graduated two years ago with his masters degree in GIS he applied every where in us has no job still! with his all student loan un paid and time wasted in collage and university, still waiting!

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Jason Blackstone in Yuma, Arizona

48 months ago

This is great information as I WAS considering getting my Masters in GIS. I think I might keep my options open.

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Chaos in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania

47 months ago

GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida said: I would have to say that a degreee in the GIS field hurts you more than anything.... that time you spent at parties in college I was in the Marines doing GIS real time.... I am so tired of people looking at a degree and saying ooooohhh aaaahhhh, by the time you graduate the school, all methodologies have changed, software has become outdated and improvements in sensors has incresed dramatically...... real world experience is worth far more than some littel piece of paper saying you know where things are on the planet.....

Hold up Marine. I was a Marine first then went to college for GIS. I did a co-op program at my university throught the local eletrical utilities and GPS located, on foot, over 44,000 poles, starting at each substation and stood in front of every meter in the county and took me 3 years. The ooooh ahh is what got me some jobs I could not have gotten without my degree. That little piece of paper shows you are well rounded and can do more than just carry around a computer and collect data. Much better to be well rounded...go use that GI bill and get you some oooh ahh. LOL

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Ecofischer in Evanston, Illinois

44 months ago

Since Everyone is knocking the degree or certificate in GIS, how should I go about getting into the industry, not having any prior GIS experience, with no desire to enter the military at this point in my life?

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Chaos in Jackson, Georgia

44 months ago

Ecofischer in Evanston, Illinois said: Since Everyone is knocking the degree or certificate in GIS, how should I go about getting into the industry, not having any prior GIS experience, with no desire to enter the military at this point in my life?

Get your degree! If you can't a certificate will still get you a lot of GIS Tech. jobs and open many doors. Good luck!

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Ecofischer in Romeoville, Illinois

44 months ago

Thanks for advice, how about some more?
GIS degree or cert. VS GeoSpatial degree or cert?

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GISmaster in Tallahassee, Florida

42 months ago

GIS Specialist in Tampa, Florida said: I would have to say that a degreee in the GIS field hurts you more than anything.... that time you spent at parties in college I was in the Marines doing GIS real time.... I am so tired of people looking at a degree and saying ooooohhh aaaahhhh, by the time you graduate the school, all methodologies have changed, software has become outdated and improvements in sensors has incresed dramatically...... real world experience is worth far more than some littel piece of paper saying you know where things are on the planet.....

While you generalize in saying that everyone that goes to college wastes their time partying, I've been making good money from my masters in GIS. Infact, in my lifetime, I'll make several million more than someone WITHOUT a degree. So while you skipped college and went into the real world, I along with my classmates expanded our knowledge base and worked with "real world" applications along with "real world" jobs/internships, making "real world" money. College doesnt mean you sit in class and listen to a teacher spew out places on a map, and if you seriously believe that, you are sadly mistaken. I've taken the 1 year course and gotten a GIS certificate, I've got my degree in Geography, and I have my masters in GIS, I've worked with the Florida Department of transportation for the past 4 years and worked with a private contracting firm for the 5 years I was in college. Yeah, I Reallyyyyy partied my butt off.

I would have to say that NOT having a degree, really hurts you, if you look towards the long run. You saying that a degree hurts you, is like saying, "Well, I can go to college and spend 70,000 or I can not go to college and make 70,000 in 4 years" which is a very ignorant statement and sounds like you are uneducated. Oh thats right, you are uneducated.

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GISmaster in Tallahassee, Florida

42 months ago

Everyone on this forum knocking a college degree or a masters degree is thinking far to simplistic. Your main arguments coinside with a thought that people that go to college, arent getting hands on experience, Not True. Like those without a degree, I still had to work my way up from the bottom. I don't recieve any handouts for my college degree, I just recieve a larger pay check at the end of the week because I am far more qualified. Don't think that college is a full time job, it's not, while I was getting my degree I was working my butt off in the field doing data collection, going to school at night, and data analysis in the office during the weekends. If anything, I recieved DOUBLE the experience people that havent gone to college recieved. On top of that, I learned critical thinking skills that you will not learn anywhere else besides school. I spent lots of time before I went and got a college education, then realized, I don't want to be in data collection the rest of my life like I see my 55 year old co-workers doing, because they Didnt get their degree. I agree the first 2 years of college are at best, useless, but once you start taking classes in your core area, you will agree with me, that it's probably the smartest decision you've ever made.

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jonbarten in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

42 months ago

Yep, this forum seems as depressing as my career in GIS. Graduated in 2008 with B.S. in Geography, GIS concentration and an Earth Science minor. One year unpaid internship with the NRCS. After three years, still nothing. No one is hiring without experience. How do you get experience without being hired? Work for free? Some people just can't do that. So, currently stuck at a dead-end job with no hope in sight. Did I make a mistake by doing college in this economy? I feel I am doing everything wrong in my job search.

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Borokini in London, Kentucky

42 months ago

GISmaster in Tallahassee, Florida said: While you generalize in saying that everyone that goes to college wastes their time partying, I've been making good money from my masters in GIS. Infact, in my lifetime, I'll make several million more than someone WITHOUT a degree. So while you skipped college and went into the real world, I along with my classmates expanded our knowledge base and worked with "real world" applications along with "real world" jobs/internships, making "real world" money. College doesnt mean you sit in class and listen to a teacher spew out places on a map, and if you seriously believe that, you are sadly mistaken. I've taken the 1 year course and gotten a GIS certificate, I've got my degree in Geography, and I have my masters in GIS, I've worked with the Florida Department of transportation for the past 4 years and worked with a private contracting firm for the 5 years I was in college. Yeah, I Reallyyyyy partied my butt off.

I would have to say that NOT having a degree, really hurts you, if you look towards the long run. You saying that a degree hurts you, is like saying, "Well, I can go to college and spend 70,000 or I can not go to college and make 70,000 in 4 years" which is a very ignorant statement and sounds like you are uneducated. Oh thats right, you are uneducated.

Any more job openings in Florida? My sister followed the same career track as you did [BS in Geography and Masters in GIS] and is seriously trying to make a job change?

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Tina in Albuquerque, New Mexico

41 months ago

jonbarten in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin said: Yep, this forum seems as depressing as my career in GIS. Graduated in 2008 with B.S. in Geography, GIS concentration and an Earth Science minor. One year unpaid internship with the NRCS. After three years, still nothing. No one is hiring without experience. How do you get experience without being hired? Work for free? Some people just can't do that. So, currently stuck at a dead-end job with no hope in sight. Did I make a mistake by doing college in this economy? I feel I am doing everything wrong in my job search.

I myself have a Bachelor of Science in Geography and gradauted in 2008. I was able to work in intelligence GIS but did not stay with them. Since then jobs i have have been working at have been sales jobs in my local area. Everytime i apply for a job in GIS three years to be exact years. I have never been worked in that industry since my last job. i have unpaid student loans and all my non etnic classmates are all working with their degrees in Geography. I am woman and minority but i have had no luck finding a job in GIS or anything in Geography. So i am going back to school to take more GIS prep courses to sharpen my skills but it will cost more. Each employer tells me we have found a better match. For the past three years. i am about to change my degree plan and become a engineer.

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iyerusalem in Saint Paul, Minnesota

35 months ago

I need your advice, should I cosider going back to school for MGIS? Its painful to go to school but not able to find a job. I here some of your cries in here...what should we do? I am currently planning to join UMN or USM here in Minnesota. I need help

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Borokini in Somerset, Kentucky

35 months ago

I guess it never hurts to go back to school.
The real problem is that it does not guarantee a job when you finish.
I am not sure if anybody has the answer to that situation.
If I were to bet- I will say go to school and pray to God that everything turns out right.

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iyerusalem in Saint Paul, Minnesota

35 months ago

Thanks a lot for the prompt comment. Pray for me , I do trust God, i am just trying to reason out. This will be my fifth time in college...most of my ages I spend in school but got not what I wanted...I will go back as you said. Why it hurts the most? its not free .....it hurst so much

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Borokini in Somerset, Kentucky

35 months ago

I wish you all the best.

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