What technology could retail chains, crime scene investigators, and farmers have in common? They can all use geographic information systems (GIS) tools. Retail chains use them to determine where to put a franchise, police use it to analyze data, and some farmers use it to plan what crops to plant and where.
GIS degrees appear to be up and coming and they may help bridge the gap between people who know business and people who know tech, something you've been hearing a lot about lately. GIS professionals are problem-solvers who like applying technology to new fields. According to American Sentinel University's website, the GIS industry is perfect for someone who wants to work with software that visualizes data rather than displays numbers and charts, and who also wants to learn fundamental business principles.
There has been a lot of activity in the GIS space lately:
SuperGeo Technologies recently released the Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 to assist in cadastral navigation measuring and field survey.
Eka Technologies Inc., recently announced new FotoSpot and FotoMapr geo-tagging digital cameras.
The IT staff of the city of Sacramento, California, worked with GIS software provider ERSI to create a customized app to open its redistricting process to the public.
Qbase LLC recently created the second GeoSearch Toolkit, which brings geospatial document search to Solr, and adds polygonal search.
Degree or certificate programs in GIS are offered by higher educational institutions all over the world. You can go here to find the right GIS program for you.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.