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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Need for GIS professionals grows in government sector

June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

GIS is the backbone for U.S. national security and a key driver of technology growth in the government.

A recent forecast estimates a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent from 2011 to 2015, it’s a trend that offers significant career opportunities for professionals with a GIS master’s degree.

GIS technology can quickly render one to several layers of digital geospatial data – such as the movement of people, location of potential targets, identification of key natural resources – into map-like products for a wide range of relevant geospatial analyses.

The government relies on GIS systems to access and process digital geospatial data that takes the form of people activities, location of potential targets, the location of natural resources. Geospatial technology can be synthesized into mapping products that can be used for geospatial analyses. One of its primary uses is for geointelligence.

Here are five ways the government is using GIS technology:

  • Detection – GIS can help to link information in time and space and quickly.
  • Preparedness – When teams respond to an emergency – an attack or natural disaster – having all the relevant data for a specific geographic location can improve the ability of teams to respond.
  • Prevention – Knowledge of borders and geographic features can help officials take action against the detected early stages of an attack and prevent it before it can actually occur.
  • Protection – GIS allows a full analysis of locations and infrastructures to better understand vulnerability, which helps officials devise improved protection plans.
  • Rapid Response and Recovery – Focusing more on natural disasters and events like wildfires, it is impossible to stop them. But with the full analysis and detailed tracking that GIS makes possible, emergency officials can more quickly and effectively take action.

From American Sentinel University: The university has a new GIS master’s degree program

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology, computer science, GIS masters programs, online GIS certificates, computer information systems and business intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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One Response to “Need for GIS professionals grows in government sector”

  1. Ken says:

    Yes, I can see that happening now; there’s enough data available to quickly make a situation report from Detection to Preparedness to Protection with GIS technology; of course the element of surprise, i.e., from tornados, moves the emphasis almost immediately to Rapid Response and Recovery.

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