Back to School with GIS

Coinciding with school starting up again, let’s showcase just some of the many worldwide examples of GIS education proliferation.

Directions Magazine (an all things location blog) discusses a high school GIS course in Jacksonville, Illinois that provides a chance to fast-track juniors and seniors and dive into a real world application. This one semester class can pay off immensely and inspire the future technology workforce. More school districts should follow suit.

Meanwhile, beginning this month, governments in the Philippines are conducting workshops on GIS and Forest Management. This is indicative of the GIS field’s utility in a broad range of careers.

Cross-disciplinary GIS education of specific tools and techniques “can become crucial components of fields like urban planning, surveying, forestry, anthropology, finance, epidemiology, law, engineering – there’s hardly an application to which geospatial analysis would not be an asset,” Spatial Networks emphasized in GIS in Education: The Good, the Bad, and What’s Missing.

Of course, ESRI highlights several case studies of implementing GIS at all education levels.


Seek GIS Education Opportunities Early

With the rising costs of higher education (outpacing inflationary rates of housing, insurance, oil/gas and nearly every other commercial good), we think it’s a good idea to push science in youth education systems. After all, technology phenoms can find a job without six-figure debt from a college degree, so why not provide more platforms to achieve greatness in middle and high school? Given the rapidly changing technological advancements as workforce demands evolve, competency in computer science and a geospatial skill set will become more valuable assets than formal education to an employer. They already are, in some cases.

Talk to your kids and become aware of GIS education opportunities, because it’s never too early to learn how to properly organize a geodatabase.

2 thoughts on “Back to School with GIS

  1. I agree with this wholeheartedly as a GIS professional. I wish that I had been exposed to GIS in high school so that I could have found my passion earlier in life. Fortunately it worked out, but it would have been great to have had GIS knowledge before leaving for college.

  2. The entry is a great intro and summary of the field for anyone searching for an upcoming, practical yet professional discipline. In just two paragraphs, the writer makes a case for how GIS can be used to help in many ways, as well as why from a personal (i.e., rewards and salary) standpoint it’s very worth considering. I look forward to reading more posts with more industry specific thoughts, with thoughts that, as a non GIS-user, I’d be able to understand!

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